From June 6 to July 5, all eyes will be on Edmonton as we host the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™. As we become the temporary home of international athletes, trainers, and coaches, we have the opportunity to show, once again, why we are known as a great host city. Excitement has hit a fever pitch in the weeks nearing the tournament, and people are looking to keep the enthusiasm going for the entire month.
Leading up to opening weekend, the City of Edmonton toured around the city and surrounding neighbourhoods with a massive 3-storey replica of Team Canada’s jersey for citizens to sign their well-wishes to the team. To further hype up the momentum in our city and promote the upcoming games, YEG Soccer Showdown, a mini soccer tournament amongst the City of Edmonton, business leaders, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, took place in Centennial Plaza last week. Councillor Amarjeet Sohi, acting as Deputy Mayor, also proclaimed June 6 to July 5 as soccer month in Edmonton.
The opening day’s festivities start off with the Team Canada Fan March at Borden Park at 2pm. A group of Team Canada fans will be led by Olympic medalist Senator Nancy Greene Raine as they march the big jersey to Commonwealth Stadium.
The City is also holding viewing parties for a number of away matches in Centennial Plaza. Fans can enjoy watching games on an huge HD LED screen. They’re encouraged to bring the entire family to enjoy skills demonstrations, video games, face painters and food trucks.
“It’s awesome to see so many people excited about FIFA,” says Sophie McMillan, a co-op student with the Public Engagement group for Transportation Services, “You can definitely see how important this event is to Edmonton. I can’t wait to attend the opening games at Commonwealth Stadium this coming weekend!”
Once the matches begin, there are still plenty of ways for Edmontonians to show their soccer spirit and Team Canada pride. With more than half a billion expected to watch the opening match, our city can grow our image as a vibrant hub of art, sports, and culture and as a great host. It’s up to us as a community to rally together and keep Edmonton on the world stage for years to come.
Tickets to the opening match on June 6 are selling out quickly, but to continue cheering on Team Canada and experience the exhilaration of soccer games, tickets are still available for the upcoming matches. For more information on FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM tickets and activities, check out the City of Edmonton’s FIFA Women’s World Cup page or FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ page.