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Fort Mac games means Eddies will spend much of the summer outside of Edmonton

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On Wednesday, FC Edmonton confirmed that the dates on which it will play its two Fort McMurray “home” games.

As had been expected, the Eddies’ fall season opener — kicking off just hours before the Women’s World Cup final in Vancouver — will go July 5 in Fort Mac. The NASL champion San Antonio Scorpions will provide the opposition. The Eddies will return to the heart of the oil sands on Aug. 2 for a match against the Ottawa Fury.

The team had announced last season that two games would be coming to Fort McMurray. But, with the announced dates comes a real test for the Edmonton market.

Because of the Women’s World Cup, FC Edmonton has to clear out of Clarke Stadium — which is an official practice facility for the teams — by the end of May. The team’s final home game of the spring season goes on May 24.

The next time Edmonton is at “home” is the July 5 Fort Mac game. It then goes out on a three-game road trip. FC Edmonton is finally back at Clarke July 26, but then is back in Fort McMurray the next weekend (Aug. 2).

So, after the May 24 home game, FC Edmonton will only have one home game at Clarke Stadium (July 26) before the second week of August. That’s a heck of a long time to be out of the eye of the local media and soccer community.

Tickets for the Fort Mac games will go for $12-$32.

The Fort McMurray games will be the northernmost fully professional matches ever played in North America.

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5 Comments

  1. Kahkakew Yawassanay

    February 10, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    I can see Fort Mac selling out every game which means FCE will make a profit and possibly open a discussion as a future home for their reserve squad and a new team in the AMSL

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  2. Chris Steedman

    January 29, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I live in Fort Mcmurray, so it’s great that I don’t need to drive 4.5 hours to catch a game, but the season will be hard for their fan base. Besides corporate sponsorship dollars, there wont be much upside. These games wont make the northern fan base flock south to yeg. I really hope the team can survive this season.

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  3. drozakitalk2u

    January 29, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Have you tried to get some sponsorship money from the Fort mac city council or economic development agency? Betcha the province would love to throw some money at you too, to showcase our lovely oil sands to the world.

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  4. left back

    January 29, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Steve…. that is just ridiculous.. the team will literally be non existent this summer in the Edmonton sports scene… i know it will be dominated by the WWC but… while soccer is on everyone’s mind it would be great for FCE to ride the wave and get more people out to games… no one is driving to Ft Mac to take in a game and i can’t see those games being televised?…. it is too bad… FCE went on a nice little run at the end of last year and it would be great to have a full slate of games here in town to help build the brand…. anyway… one step up and 2 back seems to be how it works with that organization…

    and don’t get me started on a professional game being played day of WWC final… that just shows how mickey mouse the league still is…

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    • Steven Sandor

      January 29, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      We’ve been discussing plans for the TV crew to go to Fort McMurray. Broadcasting games is a league mandate.

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