This past weekend, every amateur football city championship game - Pee Wee to high school - was played on new artificial turf fields at Shouldice Athletic Park for the first time in Calgary’s history.
For the past four years, a coalition of local amateur football organizations has been working with The City of Calgary and several other community and government partner to replace three natural turf football fields with three artificial turf fields at Shouldice. On Saturday, all three fields were open and ready for the biggest games of the season - the city finals.
The City of Calgary owns Shouldice Athletic Park which was designated as the home-base for Calgary’s 6,000 or so amateur football players in 1986 by City Council.
All of the work completed thus far on the Shouldice Athletic Park artificial turf project has been done on schedule and within budget. The City expects that the fields will be fully operational in spring 2010.