Moncton Stadium

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Stade Moncton Stadium
New moncton stadium.JPG
The Moncton Stadium just before the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics.
Former names Moncton 2010 Stadium
Location Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
Coordinates 46°6′30″N 64°47′0″W / 46.10833°N 64.78333°W / 46.10833; -64.78333Coordinates: 46°6′30″N 64°47′0″W / 46.10833°N 64.78333°W / 46.10833; -64.78333
Owner Université de Moncton and City of Moncton
Capacity 10,000 (expandable to 20,725)[1]
Surface

natural grass (2010-2013)
Field Turf (2014-Present) [2] [3]

[4]
Construction
Broke ground April 22, 2008
Opened July 19, 2010
Construction cost $17 - $27 million

The Moncton Stadium (French: Stade Moncton) is a track and field stadium on the campus of the Université de Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, built to host the IAAF 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics.[5] The $17 million venue opened in 2010. Although seating capacity had fluctuated early in construction (original plans called for as many as 28,000 seats), the stadium has 10,000 permanent seats, and is expandable to 20,725 via temporary seating.[1]

The facility has also been proposed as a potential venue for a future Canadian Football League (CFL) expansion team, but a significant expansion to 25,000 seats would be recommended. CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon said he wanted to see "neutral-site" regular season games played in the new Moncton Stadium by 2010.[6] On February 1, 2010, it was announced that the Toronto Argonauts would play host to the Edmonton Eskimos in an event dubbed "Touchdown Atlantic" that took place on September 26, 2010.[7] On September 22, 2010, Atlantic University Sport and Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced the Uteck Bowl will take place at the Moncton Stadium in 2011, 2013, and 2015.[8] On February 18, 2011, it was announced that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats would play host to the Calgary Stampeders in an event dubbed "Touchdown Atlantic 2" that took place on September 25, 2011.[9] As every CFL stadium now has an artificial surface, the Touchdown Atlantic game is the only CFL game played all season on a grass surface, although a temporary strip of artificial turf must be laid over the track in order to accommodate the end zones.

The stadium also plays host to university soccer games.

Construction[edit]

Construction began on April 22, 2009 and was completely finished in July 2010, just in time for the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics. Though the stadium was only completely finished in July, it was used on November 23, 2009 as the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic flame stayed there overnight.

Turf Controversy[edit]

In order to host matches for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, the stadium was required to remove the grass surface and replace it with artificial turf. The stadium paid $1.5 Million for the conversion to FieldTurf and is paying an additional $500,000 to create a new grass surface adjacent to the stadium for use where the turf surface cannot be used due to safety concerns, such as Para-Olympic Track-and-field, prompting allegations of discrimination against Para-Olympic athletes.

A coalition of elite female players from around the world filed a lawsuit challenging FIFA’s decision to play the 2015 Women’s World Cup on artificial turf. Alleging gender discrimination, the lawsuit states that they would never have the Men's World Cup held on "unsafe" artificial turf and thus violates the Canadian Human Rights Act.[2][3][4]

Major events[edit]

The stadium plays host to numerous events during the year. Its main events are football related, however its state of the art track also brings numerous track & field events to the stadium, including an annual youth competition for qualifying for the Canadian Youth Track and Field Championships. The stadium has also been used for university soccer games and has had the Olympic flame stay there overnight on November 23, 2009 during the torch relay for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During the Olympic flames visit to Moncton, the attendance was only 12,000 due to the construction not being finished at the time.

On September 22, 2010 it was announced that the 2011, 2013, and 2015 Uteck Bowl would be played at Moncton Stadium due to the crumbling infrastructure of Huskies Stadium in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[10] On November 12, 2012 it was announced that the AUS would cancel it's Uteck Bowl partnership with the City of Moncton due to low attendance at the 2011 game.[9] It is uncertain where the 2013 and 2015 games will be held, though it is suspected that it will be brought back to Huskies Stadium.[11]

On May 4, 2012 it was announced that Moncton would join Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Winnipeg in hosting the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, hosting 6 group stage matches and a round of 16 match.[12][13] Moncton will also join Edmonton, Montreal and Toronto in hosting the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, hosting 6 group stage matches, a quarterfinal match and a semi-final match.

Football Events
Date Event Home Team Away Team Winner Score Attendance
September 26, 2010 Touchdown Atlantic Toronto Argonauts Edmonton Eskimos Edmonton Eskimos 6 - 24 20,725
September 25, 2011 Touchdown Atlantic 2 Hamilton Tiger-Cats Calgary Stampeders Hamilton Tiger-Cats 55 - 36 20,153
November 18, 2011 Uteck Bowl 2011 Acadia Axemen McMaster Marauders McMaster Marauders 21 - 45 3,726
September 21, 2013 Touchdown Atlantic Hamilton Tiger-Cats Montreal Alouettes Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28 - 26 15,123
Soccer Events
Date Event Home Team Away Team Winner Score Attendance
May 30, 2012 Friendly  Canada  China PR Canada 1-0 7,514[14]
August 6, 2014 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup  England  South Korea Tie 1-1 3,587[15]
August 6, 2014 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup  Mexico  Nigeria Tie 1-1 3,587[16]
August 9, 2014 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup  England  Mexico Tie 1-1 4,636[17]
August 9, 2014 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup  South Korea  Nigeria Nigeria 1-2 4,636[18]
August 12, 2014 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup  Ghana  Finland Ghana 2-1 4,706[19]
August 12, 2014 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup  United States  China PR USA 3-0 4,706[20]
August 17, 2014 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Winner Group C Runner-up Group D Match 27 (QF)
August 20, 2014 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Winner Match 25 Winner Match 27 Match 29 (SF)
June 9, 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group F  France  England Match 11
June 9, 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group F  Colombia  Mexico Match 12
June 13, 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group F  France  Colombia Match 23
June 13, 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group F  England  Mexico Match 24
June 15, 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group B  Ivory Coast  Norway Match 28
June 17, 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Group E  Costa Rica  Brazil Match 33
June 21, 2015 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup Winner Group E Runner-up Group D Match 41 (R16)
Track & Field Events
Date Event Attendance Notes Website Link
July 2–4, 2010 2010 Canadian Junior Championships in Athletics N/A
July 19–25, 2010 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics 75,000 (over 7 days)[21]
2013 Canadian Track and Field Championships N/A [1]
2014 Canadian Track and Field Championships N/A [2]
Other Events
Date Event Attendance Notes
November 23, 2009 Olympic Flame In Moncton 12,000 First event in the stadium

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Cohon has Moncton on his mind". National Post. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Artificial turf for Canada 2014". fifa.com. Retrieved 2014-11-11. 
  3. ^ a b "Moncton stadium installs new $1.5M turf field". CBC News. May 22, 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-11. 
  4. ^ a b "FIFA visit to Moncton stadium overshadowed by turf lawsuit". CBC News. "Oct 02, 2014". Retrieved 2014-11-11.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Construction on Moncton’s world-class stadium gets underway". New Brunswick. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  6. ^ "Canadian Football League eyes Moncton for future games". CBC. 2008-11-21. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  7. ^ http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2010/01/c5594.html
  8. ^ Moncton Gets CIS Uteck Bowl 2011, 2013, and 2015
  9. ^ a b CFL Schedule 2011
  10. ^ Moncton Lands 2011, 2013, and 2015 Uteck Bowl
  11. ^ Moncton Loses Uteck Bowl
  12. ^ Moncton one of six cities to host 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup
  13. ^ Official Moncton FIFA page, 2015 Women's World Cup
  14. ^ Canada VS China in Moncton, New Brunswick
  15. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014: England - Korea Republic, Match Report" (PDF). fifa.com. 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  16. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014: Mexico - Nigeria, Match Report" (PDF). fifa.com. 2014-08-06. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  17. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014: England - Mexico, Match Report" (PDF). fifa.com. 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  18. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014: Korea Republic - Nigeria, Match Report" (PDF). fifa.com. 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  19. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014: Ghana - Finland, Match Report" (PDF). fifa.com. 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  20. ^ "FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Canada 2014: USA - China PR, Match Report" (PDF). fifa.com. 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2014-08-17. 
  21. ^ Estimated 75,000 in attendance at 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships