FIFA Women’s World Cup starts the Glebe this Sunday

June 5, 2015 | by glebeadmin

The beautiful game has finally arrived in Ottawa.

It’s not very often that we get to see soccer’s biggest female stars battle it out right on our doorstep, but, come Sunday, international footy will be the norm in the Glebe for the month of June.

The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicks off Sunday at Lansdowne Stadium with a wallop of a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

When we say soccer’s biggest female stars, we truly mean it. Ottawa is host to nine World Cup matches, including two featuring FIFA’s top-ranked squad heading into the tournament, Germany.

The Germans open up their tournament Sunday against Ivory Coast, following the opening match between Norway and Thailand at 1 p.m. Tickets are selling fast, so if you don’t have a set, get them here.

If you’ve strolled along Bank Street over the past few days, you may have noticed the buzz of the tournament spilling out into the entire Glebe. Bank Street has been re-designated as Greater Goal Way; FIFA banners are flying on lampposts throughout the neighbourhood and vibrant FIFA art work is beginning to blanket Lansdowne.

Sunday will surely be special.

But Sunday’s not the only day the Glebe will be alive. Even during non-game days, the neighbourhood will be sizzling with action. With Canada playing games in Edmonton and Montreal during Group play, there will be lots of soccer to feast on all month. And although Canada won’t play in Ottawa during Group play, there are scores of pubs throughout the Glebe that will be playing the games. Grab some buddies, a burger and a beer and cheer Canada all the way into the final.

“We’re elated to have some of the world’s top soccer talent here in the Glebe,” said Glebe BIA Executive Director Andrew Peck.

“Soccer is a great game, the Glebe is a great neighbourhood and Ottawa is a great city. Everyone is thrilled and ready to host visitors from far and wide in our beautiful neighbourhood right in the heart of our world-class capital. This is a time for us to celebrate sport, community and culture. What a way to kick off summer and Ottawa’s newest playground – Lansdowne!”

Following Sunday’s opening day, fans will get another doubleheader on Thursday June 11, when the top-ranked Germans take on Norway at 4 p.m. and Ivory Coast and Thailand battle it out at 7 p.m. Get tickets here.

Thursday, June 17 will see another high-level match when third-ranked France takes on Mexico in another doubleheader beginning at 4 p.m. The late game features Korea and Spain at 7 p.m. Tickets here.

Things will get intense at Lansdowne Stadium when the Round of 16 starts on June 20. These elimination games have yet to be determined, but you can expect they will be dramatic, nail-biting matches.

The first Round of 16 will feature the top team in Group B (Ivory Coast, Germany, Thailand, Norway) vs. the third-place finisher in Group A, C or D. Canada could possibly play in that game, but it wouldn’t be good. The Canadians are expected to win their Group, which includes China, The Netherlands and New Zealand. The Canadians are the top-ranked team in their group at 8th. Get tickets for the Round of 16 here.

Ottawa will see a second Round of 16 game June 22 between the 2nd place team in Group B and the 2nd place finisher in Group F (France, England, Colombia, Mexico). Tickets here.

The final game in Ottawa will be a quarter-final match June 26. Teams have yet to be determined for this elimination game. Get tickets here.

Going to the Game? Important info for spectators!

A message from FIFA about game day transportation for spectators:

A FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM ticket allows you to ride any OC Transpo and STObus for FREE! Spectators with a valid FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015TM ticket are able to ride any OC Transpo and STO bus for free starting 3 hours before kick-off, until 3 hours after the end of a match.

Cycling and walking is also an attractive and fun way to get to Lansdowne Stadium. Spectators are encouraged to cycle and walk using the scenic multi-use pathways along the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cyclists can take advantage of the free valet Bike Parking service located east of the Aberdeen Pavilion.

Spectator parking is not available at Lansdowne Stadium. If you are planning to drive, it is recommended that you take advantage of the FREE Park & Shuttle service provided with your admission ticket. Spectators can park for free at designated Park & Shuttle lots where direct shuttle service to Lansdowne Stadium is provided. Park & Shuttle locations include OC Transpo and STO Park & Ride locations, as well as free parking and direct shuttle service from City Hall and the E.Y. Centre.

If you are visiting Ottawa, you can take advantage of the free shuttle service provided at City Hall in Downtown Ottawa, or the E.Y. Centre located near Ottawa International Airport.

All spectators are encouraged to take advantage of these free transportation options to Lansdowne Stadium.
For more information on availability of transportation options for each game, location of Park & Shuttle lots, and scheduled departure times, please visit: http://www.octranspo1.com/ottawa-destinations/fifa

No matter what happens, the tournament will bring a ton of life to the streets of the Glebe, Lansdowne and to all of Ottawa.

To a Greater Goal!

Matches

Sunday, June 7

FIFA Women’s World Cup – Norway vs. Thailand, Germany vs. Ivory Coast
The FIFA Women’s World Cup begins at TD Place with a double header June 7. Norway takes on Thailand at 1 p.m. with game two between Germany and the Ivory Coast at 4 p.m. Tickets.

Thursday, June 11

FIFA Women’s World Cup – Germany vs. Norway, Ivory Coast vs. Thailand
FIFA tournament play continues with another double-header at TD Place. Germany takes on Norway at 4 p.m. with Ivory Coast and Thailand battling it out at 7 p.m. Tickets

Wednesday, June 17

FIFA Women’s World Cup – Mexico vs. France, Korea vs. Spain
Group play continues at the FIFA Women’s World Cup with Mexico taking on France at 4 p.m. and Korea facing Spain in the 7 p.m. game at TD Place. Tickets.

Saturday, June 20

FIFA Women’s World Cup – Round of 16
Teams to be determined for this elimination round game. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Tickets.

Monday, June 22

FIFA Women’s World Cup – Round of 16
Teams to be determined for this elimination round game. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. Tickets.

Friday, June 26

FIFA Women’s World Cup – Quarter finals
Teams to be determined for this quarter final match at TD Place. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets.