Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta has been the home of the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos since 1978. The 56,302-seat stadium cost C$20.9 million to build and was built to replace Clarke Stadium as the home of the Eskimos.
Since opening, Commonwealth Stadium has undergone several expansions and renovations. In 1982, a C$11 million expansion added 18,000 seats to the upper deck and north end zone. A couple of decades later, in 2001, Commonwealth Stadium underwent a $24 million renovation. The renovation added a running track, enlarged the concourses, updated the facade, improved the stadium’s lighting, and added a new scoreboard. Less than a decade later, the stadium underwent a C$112 million renovation that added a fieldhouse, new locker rooms, and two floors of office space in 2008. In 2010, the facility’s natural grass surface was replaced with artificial turf making Commonwealth Stadium the last CFL stadium to have an artificial playing surface. Most recently, upgrades in 2013 reduced capacity from 59,537 to 56,302 when the bench seating was replaced and new seats were installed.
In addition to hosting Edmonton Eskimos games, Commonwealth Stadium has hosted many other notable events over the years. The venue hosted four Grey Cups and was also the site of the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the 1983 Summer Universiade, and the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. Additionally, the facility has hosted many soccer matches throughout its life as it served as the home of the NASL’s Edmonton Drillers from 1979 to 1981 and has hosted many international soccer matches including games in the 1995 and 1999 Canada Cups as well as the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.