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Years of flooding and vandalism have destroyed school’s football field in Fort McMurray

Field is closed for season pending rebuild

July 14, 2023  By Turf & Rec

A football field in Fort McMurray, Alta. has been closed for the season after years of flooding and vandalism has rendered it as destroyed.

The artificial turf field, which is home to the Fort McMurray Ravens and the Fort McMurray Catholic School Division Saints, is covered in garbage with its turf peeling and extensively damaged by spray paint and fires. Flooding has also contributed to mould and rust of stored equipment, amounting to about $30,000 in damages.

The field itself requires about $3 million in restorative costs.

Fundraising efforts are underway by the school to return a playable field to the community.


A consultant is assessing the current damage and recommending next steps. In the interim, the high school football team will share the field at Father Mercredi High School.


This article is part of the Municipalities Week.

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