Edmonton Elks unveil $2 million in improvements to Commonwealth Stadium

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The Edmonton Elks have made several improvements to Commonwealth Stadium ahead of the upcoming CFL season, during which the team will celebrate its 75th anniversary.

The upgrades cost over $2 million and were financed in partnership between the City of Edmonton, which owns the facility, and the team itself.

The new features include renovated concourse washrooms, improved network connectivity for fans, faster and more reliable point-of-sale equipment, graphic upgrades to the west concessions area, new in-game production and visual asset capabilities, refinished cabinets in all 22 concourse suites, and in-suite food ordering.

“We’re excited for what promises to be an exciting 75th season for our club,” said team president and CEO Rick LeLacheur in a statement. “We have a strong relationship with the City of Edmonton and look forward to continuing our shared efforts to make Commonwealth Stadium a place for fans from across Northern Alberta to gather and enjoy Elks football.”

Edmonton has opened a family space located near the west concession area, providing a spot for guests to feed or change infants and young children. Sensory kits are also being made available for those who need them. The kids zone, which was previously at Clarke Stadium, has been moved to the Commonwealth Fieldhouse and will remain open until the start of the third quarter of games.

The Elks have also rebranded the exclusive space for season ticket holders in the east concession area as the Legends Club, which will showcase club imagery and game-worn items. The newly-decorated space will be unveiled on Friday, June 7.

“In supporting the 45th anniversary of Commonwealth Stadium, the City of Edmonton is proud to own and operate the largest outdoor stadium in Canada over the last 45 years,” said Heather Seutter, the director of Commonwealth Stadium. “The stadium continues to be in demand to host Edmonton Elks games and international sporting events, lively concerts, and cultural events.”

“While these stadium improvements will enhance fan engagement and visitor experiences at the stadium, the city is hopeful that the province may make larger investments in the stadium infrastructure to ensure modernization efforts can continue to move forward, as the economic impacts of major events continue to grow in our city.”

Commonwealth Stadium opened in 1978 and is the largest open-air stadium in Canada with a capacity of over 56,000. The venue has hosted five Grey Cups, most recently in 2018, and will play host to concerts by Metallica and Pink this summer.

The Elks will open the regular season on Saturday, June 8 when they host the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The game’s start time has been moved up to avoid conflict with the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals, which will feature the Edmonton Oilers for the first time since 2006.