Edmonton Eskimos announce pre-season game in Fort McMurray

(June 14, 2013, Fort McMurray, AB) – The Edmonton Eskimo Football Club in partnership with MacDonald Island Park and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo announce the Northern Kickoff, to be held at the new Shell Place in Fort McMurray, Alberta on Saturday, June 13, 2015.

The CFL pre-season game, scheduled as a ‘home’ game for the Eskimos, will feature the Edmonton 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. 

Shell Place is a $127 million community development project scheduled to open in 2015 at MacDonald Island Park in downtown Fort McMurray.

The Northern Kickoff game and associated community and fan events will be presented by Shell Albian Sands.

“This will be an incredible event for Fort McMurray and the entire Wood Buffalo region,” said Melissa Blake, Mayor of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Chair of the Northern Kickoff. “As the cornerstone of what will be the official opening of Shell Place, the Northern Kickoff is something much more than the most Northern game in CFL history; it’s an opportunity to share our community with the rest of Canada along with the amazing things happening here.”

Fans in Fort McMurray and the general public can reserve seats for the Northern Kickoff game on Friday, June 28 at 10:00 am MT by visiting ESKS.COM. No ticket reservations will be accepted at MacDonald Island Park Guest Services.

Edmonton Eskimos season seat holders are advised they will receive an exclusive ‘Front of Line’ window to exercise their option to purchase Northern Kickoff tickets. Due to limited seating at SMS Stadium, Eskimos season seat holders will be limited to an allocation of 2,000 tickets during the ‘Front of Line’ purchase window.

All ‘Front of Line’ tickets will be sold only by calling 780-488-ESKS (3757) beginning Monday, June 17 at 10:00 am MT, and ending Thursday, June 27 at 5:30 pm MT.

Seat reservations will be monitored closely and seats are guaranteed to be available for the general public, including residents of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, beginning Friday, June 28 at 10:00 am MT. Up to 5,000 reservations will be available as part of the release, while exact seat location will be provided at a later date.

“A pre-season game in Fort McMurray is a ‘game changer’ for us. Our entire organization is thrilled to be a part of this historic CFL event,” said Len Rhodes, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club and Vice Chair of the Northern Kickoff. “I also feel strongly that this game presents a wonderful opportunity for us to develop a relationship with Fort McMurray and the people that share Northern Alberta with us.”

A Fort McMurray-based Northern Kickoff organizing committee of community and industry leaders is in place to assist with the planning and activation of the Northern Kickoff along with the Eskimos, residents of Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and MacDonald Island Park staff.

Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park added, “We thank Mayor Blake and Council for their vision in supporting Shell Place, the Eskimos for their partnership in bringing the Northern Kickoff to Fort McMurray and Shell Albian Sands for setting the stage for what will be a great community celebration.” Reid will also serve as Vice Chair of the Northern Kickoff. “In addition to the game, we are planning a variety of events to surround the Northern Kickoff as we shine a national spotlight on our region.”

More information on events surrounding the Northern Kickoff will be released in the months ahead.

Additional information can be found at northernkickoff.ca and ESKS.COM.






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