The 'How To FIFA Women's World Cup in Edmonton' Guide

May 26, 2015
by Edmonton Tourism

The FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 will be a 30-day, 24-nation, 52-match tournament featuring the best women soccer players in the world. And for the first time in history, a sporting competition the scale of a FIFA Women's World Cup will be hosted across five time zones in official host cities from west to east of Canada including Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montréal, and Moncton.

Step 1: Buy your tickets for the June 6 opening ceremonies and doubleheader (Canada vs. China PR, followed by New Zealand vs. Netherlands). There is only one opening ceremony, and trust us: this is where you want to be. Can’t make it to Edmonton for June 6? Check ticketmaster.ca/fwwc2015 for other tickets. Edmonton will host 11 matches in total; more than any other host city.

Must-pack: red and white, of course. Go, Canada!

Step 2: Travel to Edmonton, YEG as the locals call it. Edmonton is served by VIA Rail, and multiple airlines at the Edmonton International Airport. (Opting for the latter? Take a moment to marvel at the airport’s 8,000 plants on a 1,120 sq. ft. Living Wall of botanical goodness, catch some live music, or make a new canine friend thanks to the Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta. This airport rocks.)

Step 3: Stay in a uniquely Edmonton hotel. Pick from Matrix Hotel and Union Bank Inn, both located downtown and close to the LRT (light rail train) that will whisk you off to Commonwealth Stadium. Or stay in the eclectic and youthful Old Strathcona neighbourhood at Metterra Hotel or Varscona Hotel, just across the river from downtown.

Step 4: Join the crowds of locals and visitors riding the LRT to Commonwealth Stadium, and get ready for goosebump-worthy excitement and a vibe of goodwill like you’ve never felt before.

Step 5: Recharge and replenish at Edmonton’s hottest restaurants, pubs, and bistros. Choose from the fish tacos at Tres Carnales downtown, the late night menu’s fried chicken with sour cream and onion dip at North 53 on 124 Street, or the PB&J (peanut butter and bacon jam) burger at The Next Act in Old Strathcona. Hearty appetite recommended.

Step 6: And finally, check out Edmonton’s hidden gems: from the funky shops in Old Strathcona, surfing on the prairies in West Edmonton Mall’s World Waterpark, Segway touring North America’s largest urban parkland, a 4-D film at Capitol Theatre in Canada’s largest living history museum, to close encounters with free-roaming bison at Elk Island National Park.

For more ideas of what to do while in Edmonton for FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015 this summer, see what people are saying online using #ExploreEdmonton or visit ExploreEdmonton.com.

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