It was history in the making. 
 
Around 1,000 spectators flooded the bleachers to witness the grand opening of Taurus Field. After speeches from Alberta's Minister of Municipal Affairs (Shaye Anderson), Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville MLA (Jessica Littlewood) and mayor (Gale Katchur), it was time to play football. 
 
The Fort High Sting won their exhibition game, 18-14, over the Westlock Thunderbirds. 
 
“I am actually surprised with how many people came out. But overall, I think the crowd helped us win,” said Clinton Gray, an offensive guard for the Sting.
 
The players enjoyed playing on the new artificial turf. 
 
“It was amazing. It was so comfortable on the feet,” said Sting quarterback, Blake Weetman. “It’s a good field. I’m happy we got it.”
 
The $9.6-million field will give football teams something they haven't had in almost 20 years, a home game. Due to the Fort not having the required specifications, home games were played at Emerald Hills in Sherwood Park. 
 
“I think it's important people understand that this is as a top-line level of a field as anywhere in Canada. This is as good as BMO Field, Commonweath Stadium,” said Dow Centennial Centre manager Kelly Almer.
 
The elite facility boasts seating for just over 1000, four expandable changerooms, a concession, press box, digital wireless scoreboard and a sound system.
 
Brent Kellington, the vice-president with Fort Saskatchewan Minor Football thanks the entire community for their support.
 
"We say to our players 'you need to thank all the business and people in the community. Supporters or not, they helped make this happen,'" said Kellington. "It's such a great facility to bring sports and activity together."
 
Half-time entertainment was provided by the Fort Saskatchewan Arsenal and Timbits. The kids demonstrated their new soccer skills.

The field will be used for football, rugby and soccer games.
 

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