Commonwealth Stadium (Edmonton)

Commonwealth Stadium, also known as The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium during Eskimos events, is an open-air, all-seater multipurpose stadium located in the McCauley neighbourhood of the Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta. Its main tenant is the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL), although it is also used for athletics, soccer and rugby union, as well as concerts. The stadium has a seating capacity of 56,302, making it the largest in Canada. Construction commenced in 1975 and the venue opened ahead of the 1978 Commonwealth Games, replacing the adjacent Clarke Stadium as the Eskimos home. It received a major expansion ahead of the 1983 Summer Universiade, when it reached a capacity of 60,081. The stadium had remained, for a long time, the only CFL venue with natural grass, until FieldTurf Duraspine Pro was installed in 2010. Events at the stadium include four Grey Cups, the CFL's championship game, and the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. Soccer tournaments include nine FIFA World Cup qualification matches with Canada Men's National Soccer Team, two versions of the invitational Canada Cup, the 1996 CONCACAF Men's Pre-Olympic Tournament, the 2002 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship and the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup. FC Edmonton has since 2011 played its Canadian Championship matches at Commonwealth Stadium. The venue also hosted matches during the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup and the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. In rugby, Commonwealth has hosted the 2006 Women's Rugby World Cup and three editions of the Churchill Cup. The stadium is also listed as a potential site for the 2026 FIFA World Cup, if Canada were to win the event. More details on Wikipedia