Named after Mayor Joseph Clarke, Edmonton’s Clarke Stadium was originally built as the home of the Edmonton Eskimos in 1938. While Clarke’s football history is rich and distinguished, the stadium in central Edmonton has housed many of Edmonton’s professional soccer teams as well.
Starting with the Edmonton Drillers in the 1970s, Clarke has been the home field for the Edmonton Brickmen in the 80s and 90s, the Edmonton Aviators in the early 2000s, and finally FC Edmonton starting in 2012.
Clarke’s capacity has fluctuated over the years. It has held as many as 20,000 seats, but after a remodel in 2000, its capacity was reduced to 1,200. The Fath brothers installed 3,000 seats in 2013. FC Edmonton envisions a stadium of 7,000 seats (up from the current 4,200). Add upgraded washrooms, dressing rooms, and concessions, and Clarke has the potential to become a top facility in the Canadian Premier League.