NASL Commissioner David Downs and the Chairman of the NASL Board of Governors Aaron Davidson today concluded a successful series of meetings with civic, corporate and soccer leaders in Edmonton, Alberta, designed to build community support for FC Edmonton and generate interest in constructing a permanent mid-sized stadium in the city to host the Eddies' matches. The meetings were supported by representatives of both the Canadian Soccer Association and the Alberta Soccer Association.
The meetings, organized by FC Edmonton's owner Tom Fath and General Manager Tom Leip, began Thursday morning with a visit to Mayor Stephen Mandel and City Manager Simon Farbrother. That session resulted in an inquiry for administration to deal with the stadium project being raised by Mayor Mandel at that day's executive committee meeting.
Later on Thursday the NASL party met with the Honourable Christine Cusanelli, Alberta's Minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation; representatives of Edmonton's major media outlets; and several members of the corporate community that sponsor the team's efforts.
On Friday the group traveled back to City Hall for discussion with several City Councillors regarding the stadium project.
Today, Aaron Davidson, Tom Fath, Derryn Donaghey (CSA Board Member) and Richard Adams (Executive Director, Alberta Soccer Association) continued the multi-day community outreach initiative during a morning meeting with fans and area youth and amateur soccer officials and coaches. The objective of the meeting was to increase the dialogue amongst all soccer constituents in an effort to harmonize and maximize our collective efforts to grow the sport.
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