An area junior football team has found a new home.
 
Emerald Hills Regional Park in Sherwood Park will be the new home field of the Edmonton Wildcats Football Club as they embark on the 2021 season.
 
The announcement came Monday (Aug. 9) at a press conference with Strathcona County mayor, Rod Frank, and the president of the Wildcats, Brad Gatschene.
 
The Wildcats compete in the Prairie Football Conference of the Canadian Junior Football League. This league has been a stepping stone for many athletes to advance to University and Collegiate football, as well as the Canadian Football League. 
 
Wildcats past and present staff, players, and coaches with mayor Rod Frank. 
 
“Strathcona County is an active sporting community, and we are excited to welcome the Wildcats Football Club for the 2021 season. We look forward to watching the team...and to welcome all visiting teams to our county,” said Strathcona County mayor Rod Frank.
 
The team previously shared a home field at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton with their rivals, the Edmonton Huskies. 
 
Darcy Park, head coach of the Edmonton Wildcats is celebrating his 23rd season with the team.
 
"I think this is a great start to be able to come into Strathcona and have our own home field that we can kind of protect and build that sense of community,” said Park.  
 
Wildcats' first home game is set for Aug. 28. 
The Wildcats have been around for 73 years.
 
“It feels like a brand new beginning and we are so thrilled to be out here. We hope that we can bring a product out there that people enjoy and you can be proud of. Our philosophy is simple. We're really here to build young men,” added Gatschene.   
 
You can catch the Wildcats' first home game on Aug. 28 at Emerald Park against the Huskies. 
 
"Couldn't be better that it's the cats in the dogs first game. We're looking forward to it. I know they are too. I mean, everybody loves playing in front of a packed house so it’s getting really exciting,” said Gatschene.  
 
The Prairie Football Conference season begins Aug. 22. Find more information on the season schedule here.