August 12, 2013, EDMONTON, AB (ISN) – A sea of green and gold seats has given Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium a gleaming new look. Crews finished installing the last of 56,000 new and more comfortable seats on August 11, 2013.
The green and gold seats replace the weathered old red seats, most dating back 35 years when the stadium, now home to the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, opened for the 1978 Commonwealth Games.
“Edmonton’s City Council is committed to offering a world-class facility for local, national and international events,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel. “This investment in upgrading Commonwealth Stadium will ensure it continues to be a premiere location in Canada for major sports and entertainment events.”
“The investment in infrastructure has been vital for us to keep pace with many of the new stadiums that are being built throughout the country,” said Eskimos President and CEO Len Rhodes. “Commonwealth Stadium will continue to be one of the most outstanding places for our fans to watch a football game.”
The new standard seats feature armrests, cup holders and one inch more room in the majority of the seats. In the end zones, individual molded seats, complete with back support, replace the original bench seating, improving fan experience.
The seat replacement cost $11.9 million, with $4 million coming from the City of Edmonton. The remaining $7.9 million is being raised through a ticket surcharge of five percent that has been added to all events at the stadium since 2012.
Chair installation was completed two months ahead of schedule. It was originally scheduled for completion by Oct. 31, 2013.
The City of Edmonton’s Waste Management Services managed the recycling of the original seats. Those that could not be salvaged for sale by the Eskimos were separated into aluminum and plastic components and sold for recycling.
Commonwealth Stadium Upgrades
In addition to the new seats, the City is also investing $1.9 million to retrofit the visiting team’s locker room and add two new locker rooms. These upgrades will be completed prior to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Canada 2014 and the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015. These spaces will also be used during