(AP) - Commonwealth Stadium, the home of the CFLs Edmonton
Eskimos since 1978, has been recognized as one of the premier
playing surfaces in North America. However, severe weather
has taken its toll on the old park and major renovations to
the playing surface and structure are needed. The stadium
overhaul is expected to take three years. To accommodate the
city, a revenue initiative was passed to make the Edmonton
Orcas SeaDome into a two sport arena.
last major renovation to the baseball stadium happened in
2016. A massive project that removed many upper deck sections,
including the SeaBox glass windows, which allowed for more
spacious seats with cup holders, as well as wider aisles and
year, management has to add seats and bring the football fans
closer to the field. So, the wide foul ground will be significantly
narrowed and large fold out bleacher sections will be added
for the end zones. The new baseball seats to occupy the former
foul ground areas are being marketed as Baseline
seats, which will cost only a few looneys more than the current
Field Box seats.
of the major inspirations for the project is Minneapolis
MetroDome. The conversion is easy enough, said
Project Manager Matt Klecknar. The field is already
grass, the irrigation is great, and really, the structure
is sound for all the fold out seating additions.
J.J. Wurz hopes the new dimensions will help the offense,
which has shown to be rather anemic the last couple of seasons.
I know that the fences are going to be altered significantly,
which should mean more long balls.