Thursday, April 05, 2007

U20WC venues: Part 1

The U-20 World Cup will be played from 30 June 2007 to 22 July 2007 at six venues across Canada. Here's a quick rundown of the stadiums in the three western cities: Victoria, Vancouver (Burnaby) and Edmonton.

Royal Athletic Park (wikipedia entry city of victoria)
Victoria, British Columbia (google maps)

A multi-purpose facility (primarily baseball and soccer) in one of Canada's most picturesque cities, Royal Athletic Park will be reconfigured, with an expanded capacity of 14,500, for the tournament. While it hosts a variety of sports and events, the main soccer tenant at Royal Athletic Park is Victoria United of the Pacific Coast Soccer League. The RAP will host 6 group stage matches (including 5 group F matches) and 1 match in the round of 16.

Swangard Stadium (wikipedia entry city of burnaby)
Burnaby, British Columbia (google maps)

This stadium in the Metro Vancouver area is home to the Vancouver Whitecaps of the United Soccer Leagues Division 1. It has a partially covered configuration with a track surrounding the playing surface. Swangard holds just under 7000 spectators for Whitecaps games, and will be temporarily expanded to 10,000 for this summer's tournament. Swangard will play host to 7 matches, including one game in the round of 16.

Commonwealth Stadium (wikipedia entry info from edmonton eskimos)
Edmonton, AB (google maps)

Built for the Commonwealth Games in 1978, Commonwealth is Canada's largest outdoor stadium, with a capacity edging over 60,000. It is home to the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos, and has the league's only grass field, which is surrounded by a running track. Several important matches of this summer's tournament will be held in Edmonton, including two Canada matches and one of the semifinals.

Besides the Commonwealth Games, this stadium has hosted major events including several Grey Cups (CFL championship game), the World Track & Field Championships in 2001, and the barnburner Canada-USA final of the 2002 U19 Women's World Cup.

Part 2, featuring stadiums in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal coming shortly.

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