The Edmonton Elks and University of Alberta Golden Bears have partnered to showcase their games together at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The Golden Bears will take the gridiron at 12:00 p.m. MT, preceding the Elks game against the Toronto Argonauts at 5:00 p.m. MT. It marks the first time Edmonton’s Green and Gold squads will play a doubleheader and the first time since 1999 that the Golden Bears will play at Commonwealth Stadium.
The two games will serve as the centrepieces for the Elks’ salute to amateur football on what promises to be a memorable fall day. Full details on events surrounding the games, along with ticket information for both games, will be released at a later date.
“As a proud U of A grad and former Students’ Union executive, this partnership is special to me. We’re thrilled to host the Golden Bears and provide their players with a first-class experience at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium on what promises to be a great fall day of football, ” said Elks’ president and CEO Victor Cui in a press release.
“Football is for everyone and we’re so happy to be working with the Golden Bears and our other amateur football partners to bring our passion for the gridiron to the next generation of fans.”
The game will be a homecoming for Golden Bears’ head coach Chris Morris. The three-time Grey Cup champion played with the Elks from 1992 to 2005 and was inducted into the Wall of Honour in 2008. Since 2013, Morris has been helping craft the next generation of CFL talent and community leaders at Alberta.
“Having spent 13 years playing in that stadium, I know how important it will be for our players to experience something similar this fall,” said Morris. “This gesture is yet another example of the Elks’ tremendous support of not just Golden Bears football, but their overall commitment to all levels of amateur football in the Edmonton area.”
“In addition to this game, the Elks support through 50/50 money allows our young men to train at a high level throughout their university years, while also allowing them to earn a university degree, and chase their dreams of becoming professional football players.”
The Canada West conference game will serve as an opportunity for fans to see the next generation of CFL stars as the Elks prepare to draft first overall in the 2022 CFL Draft this May.
Edmonton currently features four former Golden Bears, as offensive lineman Mark Korte, offensive lineman David Beard, defensive lineman Cole Nelson, and linebacker Shaydon Philip starred down the road at the U of A before making the jump to the CFL.
“Hosting this game is the latest sign of the commitment the EE have shown to amateur football in Edmonton for many years,” said Korte, who hails from Spruce Grove, Alta. and was one of Edmonton’s key free agent signings earlier this month.
“I personally benefitted from the Double E’s commitment, growing as a player and a person with the U of A Golden Bears. The Elks and Golden Bears have a partnership that is unique to Edmonton, and this game will be a landmark experience for all the players involved.”