Published on May 6, 2012 4:24 PM by dbo.
As much as we would like to break away from being a stadium blog, they keep dragging us back in. An update on recent events, plus some older stuff.
The May 1st deadline came and the Bombers announced they will not move into their new stadium until their Sept. 21st game versus the Tiger-Cats. If conditions allow, the stadium could open the weekend of Sept. 8th with Bison’s and Blue Bomber games. Earlier, one called for the club to not rush into the new stadium and then questioned the new opening date.
In Hamilton, the city is asking the province to provide revenue guarantees in the case that the new Pan-Am stadium is not ready in time for the 2014 season. Unlike Winnipeg, the Tiger-Cats will be playing elsewhere in 2013 while the new stadium is being built and don’t have a fall back like Canad Inns Stadium.
After their victory in the court appeal, Ottawa has decided to go ahead with Lansdowne work, even with the spectre of other appeals looming. The Frienemy group is still undecided about their Supreme Court challenge. The Sun gives a brief rundown of what is in store for the property now. Another driver for the stadium was confirmed May 4th when Ottawa was announced as one of the Canadian host cities for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the warm-up 2014 U-20 FIFA Women’s championship.
In older news:
Halifax’s inability to align the proper leadership to champion a stadium may delay such a project by a decade. The lack of federal government support sticks in the craw of one Halifax sports columnist. He has a point, as almost all existing football stadiums in Canada have had federal assistance at sometime during their existence. Now that Halifax is of the right size, they are effectively shut out. Not very equitable to the region.