10,000 additional Northern Kickoff seat reservations now available

(October 19, 2013, Fort McMurray, AB) – In an exciting development at the annual State of the Island gala at MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray on Saturday night, Len Rhodes, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club announced that an additional 10,000 seat reservations for the Northern Kickoff presented by Shell Albian Sands are available immediately at northernkickoff.ca.

The official CFL pre-season game on June 13, 2015, scheduled as a ‘home’ game for the Eskimos, will feature the Eskimos against the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders and will be broadcast live on TSN from the new and currently under construction SMS Stadium at Shell Place in downtown Fort McMurray. The game is the most Northern game in the 101-year history of the CFL.        

Rhodes made the announcement alongside Aluma Systems Vice President Mick Herke. Aluma Systems’ partnership with the Northern Kickoff presented by Shell Albian Sands is what allows the 5,000-seat SMS Stadium at Shell Place to expand to 15,000 seats for the event.

“The four-day community celebration that is Northern Kickoff will go down as one of Wood Buffalo’s great events because it officially opens SMS Stadium at Shell Place and welcomes the Canadian Football League at the same time,” said Mayor Melissa Blake of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Northern Kickoff Chair. “People will talk about this weekend for generations – this is your chance to be a part of history.”

The release of just over 5,000 seat reservations sold out in less than five hours after going on sale on June 28. 10,000 additional seats are now available at northernkickoff.ca and options include:

  • Upper Deck Area at $99 plus fees and GST
  • Family End Zone at $49 plus fees and GST
  • Northern Kickoff Pack at $219 plus fees and GST (includes $99 ticket to Northern Kickoff presented by Shell)

The Northern Kickoff Pack available for $219 includes a ticket to the Northern Kickoff game, as well as four ‘Name Your Game’ vouchers to Eskimo home games – a savings of nearly 20% off retail prices. The ‘Name Your Game’ vouchers can be used at any Eskimo home game until the end of the 2015 Eskimo home schedule (excluding playoffs).

Accessible seat reservations to the Northern Kickoff game are also available by calling the MacDonald Island Park Box Office at 780.792.5051.

Northern Kickoff presented by Shell Albian Sands seat reservation purchasers are reminded they will be informed of their exact seat location at SMS Stadium at a later date well in advance of the June 13, 2015 event.


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