Published on December 20, 2010 9:27 PM by dbo.
CFLdb presents one final stadium wrap-up (pun intended) before year end. Some of the items may be dated, but they are recorded here for posterity.
The Hamilton situation is a hot topic again after an announcement today that the CP Rail land purchase for the Aberdeen site is estimated between $70 and $90 million, increasing the cost shortfall for the site. This has both Hamilton mayor Bob Bratina and Ti-Cat president Scott Mitchell talking Confederation Park. Already a case is being made for the waterfront. With the Feb. 1 deadline looming, they is sure to be plenty of news from Hamilton in January.
After the new deal was ratified by city council, Paul Friesen explains how the new stadium will provide the Bombers the revenue to pay for their share. While I am in general agreement, if all Winnipeggers stay at home believing the Bombers are destined for financial success, the team will not be able to cover those costs.
Update: The Winnipeg Blue Bomber Football Club announced their business plan to pay off their portion of the stadium. Ticket price increases and a surcharge tripled from today’s value, plus increased revenue from luxury suites, naming rights and parking/concession revenue. Also announced were the men to lead the development and transition to the new stadium.
A deal to bring regular season CFL games to Moncton in a multi-year deal is still to be announced. Negotiations are underway between the CFL and the city on a three to five year deal with the CFL‘s February schedule release looming. Rumours are that the league is working on a 2-game per year commitment to better cover the costs of the additional seating as support from the higher levels of government, especially the feds, is lacking in a long term deal.
Update: Halifax has entered the Maritime picture with plans to build a 20,000 seat stadium of their own in order to bid to host the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The federal government is non-committal about providing any cash for a stadium.