Clarke Stadium with Commonwealth Stadium in the background
|Location||11000 Stadium Road|
|Owner||The City of Edmonton|
Artificial Turf (2000-present)
|Renovated||2001 and 2013|
($119 thousand in 2017 dollars)
|Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) (1949-1978)|
Edmonton Drillers (NASL) (1982)
Edmonton Brickmen (CSL) (1987-1990)
Edmonton Aviators (A-League) (2004)
FC Edmonton (NASL/CPL) (2012-2017, 2019-)
Clarke Stadium is a multipurpose facility located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The stadium was originally used for Canadian football. Over the years different sports have participated at the site. Presently, it is the home of the Edmonton Huskies and the Edmonton Wildcats of the Canadian Junior Football League.
The stadium was originally built in 1938 and named for then-Mayor Joseph Clarke. It was built on land deeded to the City for the purpose of constructing public sports fields by Prime Minister Mackenzie King (a personal friend of Clarke). The original Clarke Stadium accommodated approximately 20,000 fans in the spartan conditions consistent with its era. The seating area consisted of two grandstands on opposing sidelines (there were no "endzone" stands originally, but these were added in later years). The stadium hosted the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League from 1949–1978, following which the team moved to Commonwealth Stadium, which had been built adjacent to Clarke Stadium in preparation for the 1978 Commonwealth Games. It was used for local and minor league sporting events after the departure of the Eskimos.
The facility was almost completely demolished on June 1, 2000 and rebuilt as a 'secondary' stadium for events of the 2001 World Championships in Athletics hosted in Edmonton. It was redesigned with approximately 1,200 seats in a single grandstand. The original grass playing surface was also replaced with artificial turf to allow for greater usage as part of the facility upgrade. The stadium is currently used for university, minor and intramural sports. Clarke Park, as the remodelled stadium is often known, is also used for concerts and other events. Including the playing surface, the capacity of the stadium grounds can exceed 6,000 for concerts and non-sporting events.
The Edmonton Drillers of the 1970s and the Edmonton Aviators of 2004 both attempted to draw crowds to the much larger Commonwealth Stadium before moving to Clarke Stadium when they were unable to fill Commonwealth or turn a profit. In both cases the move to Clarke Stadium was followed closely by the team folding.
FC Edmonton began playing their North American Soccer League home games at Clarke Stadium with the 2012 season. They announced plans to increase the stadium capacity to 5,000 with temporary seating. Since May 2013, the upgrade has been completed. In August 2013, NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson along with representatives of FC Edmonton met with officials of the city of Edmonton to discuss the replacement of the current turf. With the installation of new stands, the aim would be to convert the facility into a more soccer-specific stadium that will allow for other use. The conversion is being planned for completion by early 2014.