Edmonton Eskimos - Commonwealth Stadium


Commonwealth Stadium became the home of the Edmonton Eskimos on August 30, 1978. In the 2003 season, Commonwealth Stadium will celebrate its 25th anniversary. Recognized as one of the premier playing surfaces in North America, Commonwealth Stadium remains the only major sporting facility in Canada with natural grass. Situated just 1.5 miles from downtown Edmonton, spectators are awestruck by the wide-open feel of the stadium, where you can expect the stunning backdrops of clear blue skies or the fiery northern lights.

Capacity & Crowds

Capacity: 60,081
Largest Regular Season Crowd: 62,444
(largest crowd for a CFL regular season game)
September 5, 2003
Edmonton 38 Calgary 0

Largest Playoff Crowd: 52,709*
November 15, 1981
Edmonton 22 B.C.16
(*when stadium capacity was 52,709)

Largest Grey Cup Crowd: 62,531
November 24, 2002
Edmonton 16 Montreal 25

Facilities

- Built for $20.9 million in 1978 to host the Commonwealth Games

- Underwent $22.17 million in major renovations in 2001 for the World Championships in Athletics and now features new concession and washroom facilities, a Mondo track and upgrades to the mechanical and cosmetic aspects of the stadium.

- The $6.2 million Sony JumboTron video scoreboard is currently the largest and most advanced system of its kind in the world – measuring 40' x 24' with a 16:9 aspect wide-screen picture format

Natural, grass field

- Commonwealth Stadium is the only all natural grass field in the CFL.

- 112,416 square feet/12,493 square yards/10,443 square metres/2.58 acres of grass is used

- The sod consists of a blue grass mixture and will take a crew of 8 approximately 20 hours to complete, from start to finish.

- The field is meticulously fertilized and watered to keep it up to standards that exceed national and international requirements.

- It costs approximately $25,000 to re-sod the field.

- 1800 cubic metres of a growing medium, a soil and sand mixture, is used under the grass that is leveled, floated and compacted to the final grade.

- The sod is from Big Lake Farm in Westaskiwin.