Fort McMurray makes history on June 27 with first regular season CFL game

History was made on June 27 in Fort McMurray when the Toronto Argonauts took the field against the Edmonton Eskimos at SMS Equipment Stadium at Shell Place in the first regular season Canadian Football League game played in the Wood Buffalo region.

The Northern Kickoff II featured the Argonauts as the home team in an exciting east vs. west match-up building on the success of the Northern Kickoff presented by Shell, the pre-season exhibition game featuring the Edmonton Eskimos and the Saskatchewan Roughriders on June 13.

“What an incredible two weeks we have experienced in Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo,” said Michael Cachia, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo, operators of Shell Place at MacDonald Island Park. “On June 13 and June 27 we had the opportunity to welcome the CFL, three CFL teams, coaches, support staff and officials and thousands of fans and community members to Shell Place to celebrate the grand opening of the facility and enjoy professional Canadian football. We are so grateful to our many partners, our dedicated volunteers and the community members who made these events possible and helped to make history in Wood Buffalo.”

Commented Toronto Argonauts Sr. Vice President, Business Operations, David Bedford, ?"We would like to thank the staff and citizens of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the staff at One Recreation, and our committed fans and corporate partners for helping us to make history this weekend in Fort McMurray, Alberta. The Canadian Football League is enjoyed from coast to coast and has now left a powerful footprint in one of our country's most important economic regions."

The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo would like to thank the following community partners for their support of Northern Kickoff II:

The CAT Rental Store

Aluma Systems


KTS Solutions LTD

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Purolator Tackle Hunger®

Tridon Communications

Gordon Food Services

Country 93.3 FM and Rock 97.9 FM

Shell Place officially opened to the community of the Wood Buffalo region on June 12, 2015. Upcoming events this summer at Shell Place include two North American Soccer League matches featuring FC Edmonton (the 2015 Wood Buffalo Cup on July 5 and the 2015 Canadian Rivalry on August 2) and Aerosmith on July 19 presented by Gold and Gold Productions, Sakamoto Entertainment, and Rock 97.9 FM. Tickets for these events are now available online at, the Box Office at Shell Place and Guest Services on the main floor of the Suncor Community Leisure Centre at MacDonald Island Park.

« Back

Suncor Community Leisure Centre

Monday - Friday
5:00 am - 11:00 pm

7:00 am - 10:00 pm

Golf Simulator Hours (Winter Season)

Please note the simulator has relocated to Miskanaw Ballroom on the 2nd level of Suncor Community Leisure Centre

Monday - Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Climbing Wall Hours

Monday - Friday
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Syncrude Aquatic Centre

Monday - Friday
6:00 am - 9:30 pm

7:00 am - 9:30 pm

Waterpark Hours

Monday - Thursday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Friday, Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

SMS Child Mind Hours

Click Here

Find Us

MacDonald Island Park
1 C.A. Knight Way
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5C5
Google Places MacDonald Island Foursquare MacDonald Island Park Location

Guest Services: 780-791-0070
Toll-Free: 1-888-281-MIPS (6477)
Fax: 780-791-2898
Sly Fox Pro Shop: 780-790-1812