Croix-Bleue Medavie Stadium
Croix-Bleue Medavie Stadium (French: Stade Croix-Bleue Medavie), formerly Moncton Stadium (French: Stade Moncton), is a track and field stadium on the campus of the Université de Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, built to host the IAAF 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics. The $17 million venue opened in 2010. Although seating capacity had fluctuated early in construction (original plans called for as many as 28,000 seats), the stadium has 10,000 permanent seats, and is expandable to 20,725 via temporary seating.
The Moncton Stadium just before the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics.
|Former names||Moncton 2010 Stadium|
|Location||Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada|
|Owner||Universite de Moncton and City of Moncton|
|Operator||Universite de Moncton|
|Capacity||10,000 (expandable to 20,725)|
|Surface||Natural grass (2010–2013)|
|Broke ground||April 22, 2008|
|Opened||July 19, 2010|
|Construction cost||$17 – $27 million|
The facility has also been proposed as a potential venue for a future Canadian Football League (CFL) expansion team, but a significant expansion to 25,000 seats would be recommended. CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon said he wanted to see "neutral-site" regular season games played in the new Moncton Stadium by 2010. On February 1, 2010, it was announced that the Toronto Argonauts would play host to the Edmonton Eskimos in an event dubbed "Touchdown Atlantic" that took place on September 26, 2010. On September 22, 2010, Atlantic University Sport and Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced the Uteck Bowl will take place at the Moncton Stadium in 2011, 2013, and 2015. On February 18, 2011, it was announced that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats would play host to the Calgary Stampeders in an event dubbed "Touchdown Atlantic 2" that took place on September 25, 2011. As every CFL stadium had an artificial surface until 2016 (the Argonauts began playing on natural grass at BMO Field in that year), the Touchdown Atlantic game had been the only CFL game played all season on a grass surface, although a temporary strip of artificial turf must be laid over the track in order to accommodate the end zones. The stadium also plays host to university soccer games.
Construction by Acadian Construction began on April 22, 2009 and was completely finished in July 2010, just in time for the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics. Though the stadium was only completely finished in July, it was used on November 23, 2009 as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic flame stayed there overnight.
The stadium was re-named to Stade Croix-Bleue Medavie Stadium on March 20, 2019 following a $1 million contribution by Medavie Blue Cross to support scholarships to student athletes in health science programs.
In order to host matches for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, the stadium was required to remove the grass surface and replace it with artificial turf. The stadium paid $1.5 million for the conversion to FieldTurf and is paying an additional $500,000 to create a new grass surface adjacent to the stadium for use where the turf surface cannot be used due to safety concerns, such as Paralympic Track-and-field, prompting allegations of discrimination against Paralympic athletes.
A coalition of elite female players from around the world filed a lawsuit challenging FIFA’s decision to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf. Alleging gender discrimination, the lawsuit states that they would never have the Men's World Cup held on "unsafe" artificial turf and thus violates the Canadian Human Rights Act.
The stadium plays host to numerous events during the year. Its main events are football related, however its state of the art track also brings numerous track & field events to the stadium, including an annual youth competition for qualifying for the Canadian Youth Track and Field Championships. The stadium has also been used for university soccer games and has had the Olympic flame stay there overnight on November 23, 2009 during the torch relay for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During the Olympic flame's visit to Moncton, the attendance was only 12,000 due to the construction not being finished at the time.
On September 22, 2010 it was announced that the 2011, 2013, and 2015 Uteck Bowl would be played at Moncton Stadium due to the crumbling infrastructure of Huskies Stadium in Halifax, Nova Scotia. On November 12, 2012 it was announced that the AUS would cancel its Uteck Bowl partnership with the City of Moncton due to low attendance at the 2011 game.
On May 4, 2012 it was announced that Moncton would join Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Winnipeg in hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosting 6 group stage matches and a round of 16 match. Moncton will also join Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto in hosting the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, hosting 6 group stage matches, a quarterfinal match and a semi-final match.
|Date||Event||Home team||Away team||Winner||Score||Attendance|
|September 26, 2010||Touchdown Atlantic||Toronto Argonauts||Edmonton Eskimos||Edmonton Eskimos||6–24||20,725|
|September 25, 2011||Touchdown Atlantic 2||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||Calgary Stampeders||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||55–36||20,153|
|November 18, 2011||Uteck Bowl 2011||Acadia Axemen||McMaster Marauders||McMaster Marauders||21–45||3,726|
|September 21, 2013||Touchdown Atlantic||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||Montreal Alouettes||Hamilton Tiger-Cats||28–26||15,123|
|August 25, 2019||Touchdown Atlantic||Toronto Argonauts||Montreal Alouettes|
|July 2–4, 2010||2010 Canadian Junior Championships in Athletics||N/A|
|July 19–25, 2010||2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics||75,000 (over 7 days)|
|2013||Canadian Track and Field Championships||N/A|||
|2014||Canadian Track and Field Championships||N/A|||
|November 23, 2009||Olympic Flame In Moncton||12,000||First event in the stadium|
|September 4, 2016||AtlanticFest 2016||N/A||Music festival|
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