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The Moncton Stadium (French: Stade Moncton) is a track and field stadium on the campus of the Université de Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, built to host the IAAF 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics. The $17 million venue opened in 2010. Although seating capacity had fluctuated early in construction (original plans called for as many as 28,000 seats), the stadium has 10,000 permanent seats, and is expandable to 20,725 via temporary seating.
The facility has also been proposed as a potential venue for a future Canadian Football League (CFL) expansion team, but a significant expansion to 25,000 seats would be recommended. CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon has said he would like to see "neutral-site" regular season games played in the new Moncton Stadium by 2010. On February 1, 2010, it was announced that the Toronto Argonauts would play host to the Edmonton Eskimos in an event dubbed "Touchdown Atlantic" that took place on September 26, 2010. On September 22, 2010, Atlantic University Sport and Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced the Uteck Bowl will take place at the Moncton Stadium in 2011, 2013, and 2015. On February 18, 2011, it was announced that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats would play host to the Calgary Stampeders in an event dubbed "Touchdown Atlantic 2" that will take place on September 25, 2011.
The stadium also plays host to university soccer games. There is also a grassroots effort to bring the Canadian national men's soccer team to the city.Construction
Construction began on April 22, 2009 and was completely finished in July, 2010, just in time for the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics. Though the stadium was only completely finished in July, it was used on November 23, 2009 as the Olympic Flame stayed there overnight.Events
The stadium plays host to numerous events during the year. Its main events are football related; however, its track also brings numerous track & field events. The stadium has also been used for university soccer games and has had the Olympic Flame stay there overnight on November 23, 2009 during the torch relay for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. During the Olympic Flame's visit to Moncton, the attendance was only 12,000 due to the construction not being finished at the time.See Also
- 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics
- Canadian Football League
- Université de Moncton
- Touchdown Atlantic