The Canadian Soccer Association and Rogers Sportsnet unveiled the broadcast schedule for the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, and the news wasn’t good for Edmonton soccer fans.
April 27’s game at Commonwealth Stadium between Toronto FC and FC Edmonton will kick off at 6 p.m. local time to accommodate television, which could cripple the ticket-sales campaign of the new club. Commonwealth Stadium, while on the LRT line, isn’t located downtown. Soccer, because the game takes less than two hours to play, is not a game worth going to if you are going to be a half-hour late. Having the game kick off when some people are still trying to get home from work will badly hurt FC Edmonton’s attempt to get a crowd of at least 30,000 to the game.
The mood of FCE’s front office, though, was surprisingly upbeat.
“A six o’clock start is very early,” said owner and acting general manager Tom Fath. “But we are the new kids on the block. We are going to go with the flow. We are just happy to be playing in this tournament.”
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