Countdown to Northern Kickoff begins on June 13 with Fox Den Lounge Patio Party

(Fort McMurray, AB, May 20, 2014) – The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC) and Edmonton Eskimos celebrate the official one year countdown to the Northern Kickoff presented by Shell Albian Sands on June 13 with a Patio Party at the Fox Den Lounge at MacDonald Island Park.

The Northern Kickoff presented by Shell Albian Sands will bring the Edmonton Eskimos to Shell Place on June 13, 2015 for their season-opening exhibition game. The event, which will see the Eskimos tackling the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the most northern game in CFL history, will herald the official opening of Shell Place to the community and will include a full schedule of community events over a four-day period. Tickets for the game can be purchased at The Northern Kickoff game takes place at SMS Equipment Stadium at Shell Place.

On Friday, June 13 the official one-year Countdown to Kickoff begins at 5:00 pm at the Fox Den Lounge with an evening of live entertainment, guest speakers and exciting announcements regarding the 2015 event.

“It’s hard to believe that we will be only one year out from Shell Place coming alive with a great gridiron showdown,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “This countdown event will provide a glimpse into the wonderful community celebration that the Northern Kickoff is bound to be.”

Community members attending the Patio Party on June 13 are asked to bring a food bank donation as part of the Northern Kickoff “Kick Hunger Campaign” partnership with the Wood Buffalo Food Bank. The Patio Party event will include a live performance from local favourites The Sentimental Gentleman, touch football games, a BBQ-inspired tailgate menu, prize draws and the opportunity to purchase merchandise and tickets for the Northern Kickoff presented by Shell Albian Sands. More information on the Countdown to Kickoff Patio Party can be found at


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