Esks, City offering tickets to ride

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

Enjoy the ride.

Over the years, parking at Commonwealth Stadium during Eskimos football games has become tougher and tougher.

So, the Eskimos decided to come up with a solution for their fans.

Yesterday, team CEO Rick LeLacheur announced the Green and Go program.

It's a one-year pilot project that will provide free rides on the LRT, Park 'n Ride and regular transit for game ticket holders two hours before and after Eskimos home games.

"We've been working at it for some time," said LeLacheur.

"We've had a Park 'n Ride service for a lot of years and the LRT coming to the stadium helps."

LeLacheur estimates about 40% of the crowd for a home game arrives in some form of public transit.

The fact there's less and less parking around the stadium over the years due to various restrictions has become an issue.

"We felt very strongly that we had to work with the City of Edmonton and come up with a program that would benefit the Eskimos season's seat holders in particular and our game-day seat holders," said LeLacheur. "It's a program that I think will work very well."

An immediate benefit may be to alleviate congestion in the surrounding community.

"It will help with the parking situation, it'll help in the community and it will help with responsible choices with people not drinking and driving,"

The idea, of course, is to increase the percentage of fans arriving on public transit.

And, as LeLacheur pointed out, to alleviate the unintended consequences of drinking and driving around the stadium.

"We don't want anybody to get into that position," said LeLacheur. "It's part of that program. It's for the community, it's for our fans as a service that we want everybody to be responsible."


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