Guelph United FC sides are anxious to return home to Guelph for their official home openers tonight.
The two premier teams play their first games at their new home Centennial Bowl on College Avenue, behind Centennial high School in Guelph.
The women start the first of three doubleheaders this season at 7 p.m. against Unionville. The Union have started the season with a 1-3 record while playing two of the top teams in the league in the first four games, according to a news release. The men kick off at 9 p.m. versus a very strong North Toronto team. United is undefeated at 2-0-2 this season.
The 2023 season looks to be an excellent year for Guelph fans, the release added, with United FC purchasing the Union franchise in January to ensure semi-professional soccer stays in the community.
GM Keith Mason notes: "There is a misconception that Guelph United folded the women's program, changed their mind and brought it back, we want to be clear that the Union has never been part of our club and was previously owned by Guelph Soccer. Once we heard the team was folding in December, we worked hard with the players and League 1 Ontario to ensure we could purchase the franchise and keep this excellent team in Guelph. We are so happy to have them under our umbrella, and hope the community rally behind the team to ensure our future success both on and off the field."
United have also moved fields from the Universities Alumni Stadium to Centennial Bowl. It is a move the club believes will be an improvement from their previous home.
"Centennial Bowl offers us a soccer specific environment that brings the fans closer to the action and players. We believe the intimate surroundings will create a wonderful atmosphere for both the players and spectators alike" adds Mason.
Tickets for Tuesday's game are $10 adult and $5 for children 10-18 and seniors over 65, children under 10 are free.