Commonwealth Stadium set for sensational Opening Ceremony

Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium is set to host the Opening Ceremony for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ on Saturday just before the tournament begins when Canada takes on China PR in the Opening Match.

Doors will open to the Commonwealth Stadium two hours before kick-off of the Opening Match (14.00 local time) so fans will have enough time to find their seats ahead of what is promising to be a spectacular show. The Opening Ceremony is set to begin immediately after Canada and China PR complete their pre-match warm-ups and will be approximately ten minutes long.

The Women’s World Cup Opening Ceremony was created by the National Organising Committee to celebrate key values of the competition: the empowerment and unification of women, a celebration of the game and the concept of striving To A Greater Goal™ - a greater goal for sport and for humanity, beginning with girls and women.

Told through the eyes of a little girl, a soccer player, the story will centre on the finest attributes of the game and highlight the lasting legacy and global impact of a tournament featuring successful and empowering women from around the world. Inspired by key messaging portrayed in the colourful, multifaceted official look of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, the show will be divided into various scenes important to the story of the central character, a young female soccer player.

Grammy-award winning international recording artist Sarah McLachlan headlines the star-studded cast performing during the Opening Ceremony. The Nova Scotia native will be performing her hit song, “In Your Shoes”.

Women’s World Cup Event Ambassador Kara Lang, who was the youngest woman to be named to Canada’s Women’s National Team at the age of 15, will be joined alongside Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games medalist Chantal Petitclerc and five-time Olympic medalist Hayley Wickenheiser during the ceremony.

If that was not enough, Grammy-nominated rock/indie pop duo originally from Alberta, Canada Tegan and Sara are also scheduled to perform during the show. The duo – identical twins, will play their single “I’m Not Your Hero”.

Those who have tickets to the Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday for the Opening Match and the second game (Netherlands-New Zealand) will be in for quite the show before the first ball is even kicked. For those unable to make it to Opening Ceremony, be sure to follow @FIFAWWC on Twitter, www.facebook.com/fifawomensworldcup and www.instagram.com/fifaworldcup, where we will cover the events as they unfold at Commonwealth Stadium, from the start of the show until the end of the day’s second match.

A small number of tickets are still available for the Opening Ceremony and double-header. Book now, to avoid disappointment.