Grove's field of dreams

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON

, Last Updated: 7:35 AM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos are spreading their wealth in the capital region.

At the grand opening of West District Park - a $12-million two-field football facility in Spruce Grove yesterday - the club opened its wallet before the start of Day 7 of training camp.

"We did a $10,000 sponsorship as part of the overall facility and we will be working with them on various minor football initiatives," said Rick LeLacheur, the Eskimos president and CEO. "It is a great facility.

"This will help the entire capital region in the growth of football - and that is important."

The facility features side-by-side field-turf playing surfaces with lights over both fields and bleachers on either side.

The Eskimos used just one of the fields during their two-hour practice in the bedroom community yesterday afternoon.

"This is sweet," added head coach Danny Maciocia on the field. "It is an amazing facility and I was really impressed with the locker rooms, too."

As part of the sponsorship deal, the Esks will get to display their logo on a sign along Camp Site Road near the new park.

QUICK HIT: To no surprise, running back Shermar Bracey has been cut.

Buried behind AJ Harris and Damien Anderson on the depth chart, Bracey struggled this week in the camp - being chewed out by Maciocia on at least one occasion.

The import had spent two seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders before joining the Esks this off-season.

FINISH LINES: The opening ceremonies for the field attracted a bigger crowd than the Eskimos' practice. There were lofty hopes of 4,000 fans watching the road practice yesterday but windy, cool weather left the crowd at a few hundred.


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