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Ottawa Fury to begin 2014 NASL season at Carleton University


The Ottawa Fury FC will begin its first NASL season at Carleton University.

The team announced Friday that it will play its first five home games at Keith Harris Stadium, a multipurpose campus facility that has artificial turf and, yes, permanent football lines. The stadium has new bleachers that can accommodate up to 3,000 fans. The Fury stated that the facility can be expanded to handle as many as 5,000 people.

The NASL will keep the split-season format for 2014, when the Fury joins FC Edmonton as the Canadian members of the league. The 11-team league will see each club play a 10-game schedule in the spring, then break for the World Cup, then play a 20-game slate in the summer/fall. The winner of the spring season will face the winner of the summer/fall session in the Soccer Bowl.

With Ottawa playing 10 games in the spring season, that means five home dates, five on the road. So the entire spring campaign will be played at Carleton, while construction is completed on the team’s permanent home at Lansdowne Park. That is scheduled to be open for the summer, for both the Fury and the CFL RedBlacks.

“Many thanks to our partners at Carleton University and its Department of Athletics for providing us with an alternate and intimate venue for professional soccer as we await the completion of the new stadium at Lansdowne. Our fans will relish the chance to turn Keith Harris into a cauldron of fan support for Fury FC when NASL soccer arrives in our city,” said John Pugh, Fury FC President and OSEG partner, in a release issued by the club.

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  1. Seathanaich

    October 11, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    They’d better keep their options open. They’ll be retreating from the CFL stadium with their tails between their legs when fans start realising how empty it looks with 2-5,000 people in it.

    • Jayme

      October 27, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      The will do not to bad at Frank Clair my guess is they will avg around 5500-6200.

  2. Colin Freebury

    October 11, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Happy to learn that the university was willing to give the Fury a break — it’s not ideal, but IMO there is no other field in Ottawa where they could have played these games and accommodated 3,000 fans. Too bad. An inauspicious start for the new team, for sure. Good luck with creating a “cauldron of fan support” at Carleton stadium.

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