Football returning to Swangard

College football is returning to Swangard Stadium.

The SFU Clan will play its six home games against NCAA opponents at the Central Park venue beginning in September.

The Clan called Swangard home for a number of seasons when it was part of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport. But three years ago the school became the first Canadian institution to be accepted as a full member of the U.S. based NCAA and the team played its home games at Terry Fox Field on the Burnaby Mountain campus.

"Swangard Stadium certainly has a rich history of hosting SFU athletic events," said the team's new head coach Jacques Chapdelaine, who's also a Clan alumnus. "I have fond memories of my playing days at Swangard and I know the atmosphere that can be created at an event there."

Swangard has a seating capacity of 4,200 in its covered grandstand, far more than the temporary bleachers and grassy hillside at Terry Fox Field.

"Swangard Stadium is a great venue for our student-athletes to compete in and for our fans to enjoy great football in," said Milton Richard's SFU's senior director of athletics and recreation.

It will also tide them over until a new stadium is built on the Burnaby Mountain campus as part of the Build SFU project that also includes a new student centre., said Richards.

The project was approved by students in a special referendum in 2012 and is being funded a special levy on their annual fees.

Consultation and design work on a new stadium for the school's sports team is expected to continue into 2015.

The Clan's first home game at Swangard is Sept. 6, at 12 noon, against Menlo Oaks.


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