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Coordinates: 56°44′09″N 111°23′04″W / 56.73583°N 111.38444°W / 56.73583; -111.38444

Shell Place and SMS Stadium at MacDonald Island in Fort McMurray

Shell Place is a sports, recreation and mixed use complex in Fort McMurray, Alberta, which includes SMS Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium and performance venue, Legacy Dodge Field, a softball and baseball tournament facility, as well as a field house, badminton centre, non-profit and meeting spaces, and recreation trail.

The stadium hosted "Northern Kickoff", a June 13, 2015 season-opening exhibition game between the Canadian Football League teams Edmonton Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the first major sporting event held at the new facility as well as the most northerly outdoor professional football game in history.[1] In a last-minute addition to the 2015 CFL schedule, the Toronto Argonauts also hosted a regular season home game against the Eskimos at Shell Place on June 27 of the same year.[2]

Shell Place is a $127 million addition to the preexisting MacDonald Island Park. SMS Stadium has close to 5,000 fixed seats and is capable of holding over 20,000 people.[3]

The North American Soccer League's FC Edmonton played two regular season games at Shell Place during the 2015 NASL season. On July 5, the host Eddies faced the San Antonio Scorpions for the Wood Buffalo Cup, named for the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. On August 2, FC Edmonton played Canadian rivals Ottawa Fury FC.

Due to the 2016 Fort McMurray Wildfire, the Fort McMurray Giants played their inaugural home games in Edmonton, and returned to Shell Place on June 29. [4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Turf installed at Shell Place". Fort McMurray Today. 19 October 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  2. ^ No joke, CFL schedule takes turn for bizarre in 2015
  3. ^ Wells, Theresa. "Inside Shell Place". Your McMurray Magazine. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  4. ^ [1]

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