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CFL back in Ottawa.


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Following a vote of 14-9, the Ottawa City Council has approved the Lansdowne Live proposal. This means that the proposal to rebuild Frank Clair Stadium is in negotiations for the next 60 days. This is a huge breakthrough in bringing the CFL back to the nation's capital by 2011... stay tuned.

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So by extension this means the MLS team would be dead?

Not quite. As I understand it, City Council is still prepared to give a 3 month extension on deciding wether or not to build a soccer stadium in Kanata. It certainly appears that they won't fund such a project since they have approved the Landsdowne Live proposal. I think it's just in case the Landsdowne deal falls through for some reason or another, then they would have the soccer stadium as a back-up plan.

There is also the unlikely scenario of an MLS team coming to Frank Clair stadium, be it via Eugene Melnyk or some other investors.

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What I don't understand is why they couldn't just tailor either stadium for both soccer and football?

The Landsdowne Live group has gone on record as saying they would be ready to make Frank Clair stadium a soccer-first stadium. This means that should Ottawa get a MLS or USL team, the soccer tenant would get priority on picking the dates that they would need the stadium. According to what I've heard, the stadium would be built to accomodate both CFL football and soccer. The Landsdowne Live group seems quite flexible and I believe negociations should go quite well, regardless of city council's history of over-analyzing and never-ending studies.

The Melnyk group did not seem ready to make such concessions in regards to their Kanata stadium. Melnyk has in fact stated that he is not interested in CFL football.

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Why cant they build a stadium for both the CFL and MLS.

There is a fantastic new feature to this fancy internet thing. It's called the scrollbar. Should be right over there on the right. It teleports you to the past.

:P

Ooh, snappy little bugger ain't he?

No, not really, just joking around.

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Considering the number of times the league has stepped in to save or run the Argos, I wouldn't worry about it, Neon.

Does not matter, the (or one of thee) oldest professional sports team in North America is still kicking around. ^_^

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Why cant they build a stadium for both the CFL and MLS.

There is a fantastic new feature to this fancy internet thing. It's called the scrollbar. Should be right over there on the right. It teleports you to the past.

:P

Ooh, snappy little bugger ain't he?

No, not really, just joking around.

Lol, I know.

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Considering the number of times the league has stepped in to save or run the Argos, I wouldn't worry about it, Neon.

I wouldn't worry about it either... once the Bills move to Toronto we can kill off the Argos which would knock out all those silly Western Canadian football teams in the process.

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Considering the number of times the league has stepped in to save or run the Argos, I wouldn't worry about it, Neon.

I wouldn't worry about it either... once the Bills move to Toronto we can kill off the Argos which would knock out all those silly Western Canadian football teams in the process.

Something in me knew they wouldn't do any of this until Stegall retired. Milt would never let any of this happen, no sir, not on his watch.

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