What you need to know about Women's World Cup in Edmonton
Edmonton welcomes the world this weekend as it kicks off the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015.
Edmonton hosts 11 matches during the competition at Commonwealth Stadium, including Team Canada matches on June 6 and 11.
There are group matches on June 16; a round of 16 matches on June 20 and 22; a quarter final match on June 27; a semi-final match on July 1; and a third place match on July 4.
As of Wednesday, more than 42,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday's opening ceremonies which are followed by a double header including the first Team Canada game.
Nationally, 900,000 tickets have been sold, eclipsing the record of the Germany Women's World Cup in 2011.
Here are some things you need to know to make the most of your Edmonton FIFA experience.
- Match tickets include free bus, LRT or Park & Ride to and from Commonwealth Stadium.
- Gates open two hours prior to matches. On doubleheaders, one ticket allows access to watch both matches. Re-entry is not permitted.
- Opening ceremonies at the June 6 match include Sarah McLachlan and duo Tegan and Sara and starts at 3:40 p.m.
- Team Canada fans are invited to march to Commonwealth Stadium for Canada's opening match against China on June 6 with Senator Nancy Greene-Raine. The Fan March will begin on the east side of Borden Park (73 St & north of 112 Ave) at 2:30 p.m.
- Many of the games will be shown on a huge outdoor screen at Centennial Plaza behind the downtown Stanley A. Milner Library. The family-friendly events will include skills demonstrations, video games and face painters. Food trucks will be on site. Bring your own chairs. Area opens one hour prior to the first match.
Dates and Times of games at Commonwealth Stadium:
- Saturday, June 6 – Canada vs China at 4 p.m. & New Zealand vs Netherlands at 7 p.m.
- Thursday June 11 – China vs Netherlands at 4 p.m. & Canada vs New Zealand at 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 16 – Switzerland vs Cameroon at 3 p.m. & Australia vs Sweden at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, June 20 – Round of 16 at 5:30 p.m.
- Monday, June 22 – Round of 16 at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, June 27 – Quarter-finals at 2 p.m.
- Wednesday, July 1 – Semi-finals at 5 p.m.
- Saturday, July 4 – Match for third place at 2 p.m.
— source: City of Edmonton