The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held across Canada from June 6th to July 5th. Here’s where the games will be played. (Find the schedule here)
Cover image: Clayton Perry
BC Place – Vancouver, BC
Sitting on the edge of False Creek in downtown Vancouver, massive BC Place recently (2011) had a new cable-supported retractable roof installed. It also features a 36′ façade made of translucent material (same as Beijing’s Water Cube) to display colour animations.
Home of: Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS), BC Lions (CFL), BC Sports Hall of Fame
Notable: Site of Opening and Closing Ceremony, Vancouver 2010
2015 Women’s World Cup: Group Matches, Round of 16, QF, Final
Commonwealth Stadium – Edmonton, AB
Opened in 1978, Commonwealth Stadium sits a few minutes north of downtown Edmonton a short distance from the North Saskatchewan River. It’s been through numerous renovations to end up at its current capacity.
Home of: Edmonton Eskimos (CFL)
Notable: 1978 Commonwealth Games (ceremonies, athletics) 2001 World Championships (Athletics)
2015 Women’s World Cup: Group Matches, Round of 16, QF, SF, 3rd/4th place game
Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg, MB
Opened in 2013 after a three-year construction period, Winnipeg Stadium replaced Canad Inns Stadium as the City of Winnipeg’s sports hub. It is a partially-covered structure with a corrugated metal roof that looks cooler than it sounds.
Capacity: up to 40,000
Home of: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (CFL), University of Manitoba Bisons (football)
Notable: First soccer game here was between Canada and the USA on May 8, 2014 (1-1 tie)
2015 Women’s World Cup: Group matches
Lansdowne Stadium – Ottawa, ON
Placed in a really cool corner just above the Rideau Canal, the stadium is part of a larger sport complex including the arena that the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67s call home. There’s also a trendy urban sport feel with Bank St. nearby.
Home of: Ottawa Redblacks (CFL), Ottawa Fury S.C. (NASL)
Notable: Site of five different Grey Cup games
2015 Women’s World Cup: Group Matches, Round of 16, QF
Olympic Stadium – Montreal, QC
Perhaps one of the more storied buildings among the group, Olympic Stadium is instantly recognizable to most Canadian sport fans. When it opened in 1976, ballooning construction costs had already made the building famous. It’s also the largest stadium in Canada, in terms of capacity.
Capacity: 60,860 (soccer)
Home of: Montreal Impact (on occasion)
Notable: Former home of Montreal Expos (MLB), Montreal Alouettes (CFL), also 1976 Olympic Games (athletics, ceremonies, equestrian, soccer)
2015 Women’s World Cup: Group Matches, Round of 16, QF, SF
Moncton Stadium, Moncton, NB
Serving as the stadium representative for Atlantic Canada, it’s also one of the younger buildings, opened in 2010. Although on the regular it seats 10,000 you could expect the space around the track to hold temporary seating for #WWC, up to a capacity of 20,725.
Capacity: Up to 20,725
Home of: University of Moncton varsity teams
Notable: 2010 World Junior Championships (Athletics), and numerous CFL games
2015 Women’s World Cup: Group Matches, Round of 16