The Canadian Men’s National Soccer team hosts Costa Rica tonight in front of what’s expected to be a near-capacity crowd at Commonwealth Stadium.
Here’s the pitch: show up early, wear red!
“Edmonton has already demonstrated its incredible support for Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team, now we’re looking to create a powerful Sea of Red in the stands to help push the team forward,” said Heather Seutter, Commonwealth Stadium Director.
“Gear up in your Canada colours, bring your approved flags, scarves, anything that will contribute to creating the best possible support for the team.”
Here are other important things fans need to know.
Stadium entrance starts at 5 pm
With the big crowd and the need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or recent negative test result to enter the stadium, fans are encouraged to give themselves extra time on match day.
The first 5,000 fans get a free Canada rally towel from Canada Soccer partner Allstate.
Each fan aged 12 and older must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test result (within 72 hours of the match) to enter the stadium.
Once inside the gates, fans must follow all Commonwealth Stadium COVID-19 guidelines. For additional information, visit Edmonton.ca. On-site testing will be available at $40 per test, located near Gate 9.
Please ensure you have your proof of COVID-19 vaccination and Government-issued ID ready.
There is no on-site public parking available.
Fans are encouraged to use public transit to arrive at Commonwealth Stadium. Enhanced LRT service is in effect, and a Park & Ride bus service to/from Commonwealth Stadium will run starting at 5:30pm.
Public parking options near Commonwealth Stadium are at Edmonton Expo Centre (one LRT stop to the stadium) and Borden Park (short walk to the stadium). Parking at both locations is $15 and can be purchased in advance through the links.
Clear bag policy
Commonwealth Stadium has a clear bag policy in effect. All bags entering the stadium must be in a plastic bag no larger than 12”x12”x6”. This will assist in expediting the search process and reduce the waiting time to get into the stadium. Small bags under 4.5”x6.5” are permitted.
Here is a complete Commonwealth Stadium venue guide.
Quest for Qatar
The Canadians men’s side is currently undefeated through its first six matches of the CONCACAF Final Round of FIFA World Cup Qualifying and currently sit in third position in the standings. The Canadian squad comes into the November window full of momentum following its impressive 4-1 defeat of Panama at BMO Field in Toronto last month.
Canada is competing in the Final Round of Qualifying (commonly known as the “Octagon”) across 14 matches from September through to March, with the top three teams advancing to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
Commonwealth Rec Centre
Remember, the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre closes early on Friday, November 12, at 3 pm as final stadium preps take place.
Go, Alphonso, go, Edmonton, go Canada!