Is it worth checking out even if I’m new to soccer?
Short answer: Yes
The longer answer is still yes, but it’s worth noting that there’s a lot more going on at the matches than just a soccer ball getting kicked around. Gates to the facility open up 90 minutes before matches, and the time leading up to kickoff are sort of like a big tailgate party, but basically in a park and not a parking lot.
For families, the facility has a ton of soccer balls and nets set up so that kids can emulate their heroes on the pitch and get a little practice in themselves. For adults, you can find some of the best deals on beer in the city as well as live music and entertainment at every single match. This is a family-friendly party, and the club’s official supporters come armed with songs and chants to get everyone in the stadium in the mood for a good time.
How can I get to Spruce Meadows without a car?
Spruce Meadows is on the southern end of the city, but there are a lot – and we mean a lot – of ways to get out to watch a match even without a car. The easiest is probably to take Calgary Transit, and Cavalry FC has set up free shuttle buses to ATCO Field from Somerset-Bridlewood Station that start 90 minutes before every match.
There are also bars around town offering drink-and-bus specials. The Pub Bus Service will take you from the Rose and Crown and Kildares Ale House in Silverado to Spruce Meadows for home matches. Check with your preferred pub if they are offering the service.
Taxis from the southern end of the LRT line are an inexpensive option, too.