Edmonton

Game on! City of Edmonton's sports fields finally open

Youth soccer games kicked off across Edmonton Monday night, much to the relief of players who were beginning to worry when or if their seasons would start this year.

Cold, wet weather delayed the opening of city-owned sports fields

The Sting Sao Paulo girls under-12 team takes on the Edmonton Selects Monday night at Ivor Dent Sports Park. Because of the cold and wet spring, both teams are just starting their seasons. (Roberta Bell/CBC)

Youth soccer games kicked off across Edmonton Monday night, much to the relief of players who were beginning to worry when or if their seasons would start this year. 

"I was like, 'When are we going to play?'" said Morgan Denomme.

The 12-year-old has been playing outdoor soccer in the summer with the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association for six years. She said she can't remember the last time her first game was so late into the spring.

Denomme plays for the Edmonton Selects under-12 girls team, which took on the Sting Sao Paulo at Ivor Dent Sports Park on Monday.
Brooke Loewen was all smiles as she started her soccer season Monday night. (Roberta Bell/CBC)

Brooke Loewen is on the Sting Sao Paulo. The team was supposed to start practising on April 28, but had to wait until May 1, only to end up slipping and sliding around in the mud. 

"They're way better than what they were for the practices," Loewen said of the fields. 

The city delayed opening the fields due to an onslaught of cold, wet weather that caused unsafe conditions at the end of April.  

The Edmonton Minor Soccer Association lobbied city council not to wait until the end of the second week of May to open the fields, as per the first iteration of the city's revised timeline.

The city credits the recent warm spell with drying out the fields earlier than expected.
The Edmonton Minor Soccer Association is looking for spaces for its indoor season. (Roberta Bell/CBC)

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