Edmonton Elite Football Club general manager and vice-president Matthew Wilson hopes to make the team’s second season at Fort Saskatchewan special.
The top flight is looking to build on last year’s success after the team went undefeated throughout the season, only losing in the championship game against the Central Alberta Buccaneers. Along with the on-field excitement, Wilson says they’re bringing even more fun to the fan experience.
“We will have some [Elks] tickets to be won, we have gifts from certain partner companies or sponsorships. There will be more fan experiences, and we have Ken’s Catering coming back to do the concession,” Wilson said.
Taurus Field became the home of the elite by chance last year after scheduling issues forced them to seek new territory in the Edmonton area. Earlier this year, it was announced that Fort Saskatchewan would become the permanent home of the elite.
Several players from across the Alberta Football League and even the United States are on the roster this year. Wilson noted that players are calling from across Canada to participate in the league.
The team also focused on work within the community, including partnerships with the Fort Saskatchewan Minor Football Association to continue to develop the sport of football.
“Fort Saskatchewan welcomed us with open arms and it was great. In fact, more of us this year are training on Thursdays from 8-10 p.m. and all of our home games are there, so it’s nice to have a home and it creates a whole different vibe.
The team’s season opener is on the road Saturday (June 4) when they take on Cold Lake. Their first home game is June 11 at 5 p.m. where they host the Fort McMurray Monarchs. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12-17, and children under 12 enter free.