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 couple of ways to get out to watch a match even without a car. Kildares Ale House offers a bus to and from the game together with drink specials and live music pre-match. The first bus leaves an hour prior to kick-off and is free with a $10 minimum purchase ($10 per rider without purchase). Availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Ship and Anchor also offers a bus service to and from games.
Taxis or rideshare from the Somerset-Bridlewood LRT Station are an inexpensive option, too.