Single Point Links posted in March 2014

Unsolicited Calgary Stadium Design Gets Locals Excited

Published on March 26, 2014 9:08 PM

Somebody with an interest in the World Cup coming to Canada decides to mock up some stadium designs as part of their grand scheme on how such a multi-city bid should be put together. They rip off images from architectural firms and other sources, add some logos, etc. and everyone gets excited. It is fantasy with no basis in reality and quickly fails any litmus test of legitimacy. Still people jump aboard.

Winnipeg Awarded 2015 Grey Cup

Published on March 26, 2014 7:29 PM

First time the championship game will inaugurate a new stadium since 1989’s Grey Cup in The SkyDome.

Stadium Warning Creates Concern in Hamilton

Published on March 22, 2014 4:19 PM

It seems when anyone builds a stadium in this country, high winds follow. More in the follow up and interpretation of the letter.

Update: Bare bones option.

RedBlacks Home Opener + 2 Game Packs

Published on March 22, 2014 10:36 AM

Went on sale 35 minutes ago. Seats are going fast.

Argos to BMO Field All but Confirmed

Published on March 16, 2014 1:29 PM

Toronto’s executive committee and council need approval, but it is clear the city insisted MLSE’s plans allowed for a permanent Argo home and with the city’s only commitment a $10 million loan repaid over 20 years, it would be surprising if it doesn’t pass. Hard to believe an American has to speak in Canada about compromise, partnership and no need for public funding another stadium. Which leads to this statement from MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke:

...we have no interest in the Argos. But because of the uniqueness of what we have to go through to get the stadium, we are certainly intertwined. The definition of intertwined is forthcoming.

Anxiously await that definition. I see it highly unlikely MLSE gets involved in the Argos until they are shown to be sustainable at BMO Field or someone is ready to make an NFL play. Leiweke is still a little naive about the Argos though:

We have eight Argos games a year.

Either that is spin for the soccer people or they plan on kicking the Argos out to Varsity every year for a pre-season and regular season game.

City Pushing Argos Into Renovated BMO Field

Published on March 9, 2014 12:27 PM

Brilliant move by MLSE. It is not us, it is the city that is pushing football into BMO Field. Blame the politicians, vote them out if you want, but it is a condition of the renovations we want to do to the city owned stadium to make soccer viable. Brilliant.

Kudos to the Argo Admirals who nailed both end zone seating sections moving in MLSE’s plans to accommodate the Canadian football field. I guess the CFL fan experience does matter. I figured Toronto would continue the parade of errors.

Randy Trautman: 1960-2014

Published on March 5, 2014 9:25 PM

Young. Young. Too young. My condolences to the Trautman family.

TSN’s Must See Matchups 2014

Published on March 3, 2014 8:22 PM

Don’t miss these or any other action from the 86 game schedule on TSN.