Originally Posted by bigguy1231
Mark, this is the quote from the city managers report to council regarding the size of the stadium.
"Given the direction to build a new North Stands, Infrastructure Ontario has modified the Request for Proposal (RFP) language to reflect construction of a brand new 22,500 seat stadium."
It will not be a 25,000 seat stadium. It will be obsolete or inadequate even before it is built, considering the prime tenant is averaging 24,000 per game right now. Sometimes a bird in hand isn't neccesarily a good thing. They should do it right or not do it at all, especially when they are spending $150 million to do it.
Let's wait for the report and discussion at today's meeting. The way I read this is the Pan Am stadium will be finished in time for the Games with 22,500 high quality seats, all with backs, in brand new north and south grandstands which is a huge change from the backless benches that dominate the current stadium. If anyone misses the backless benches, they don't need to worry as I suspect end zone benches for the western end of the stadium will appear post Pan Am. Incrementing the seat count post Games has regularly been discussed, and the design is already being done to allow additional temporary seating for future Grey Cup games.
No matter what the final permanent seat count is, we will be left with the legacy of a brand new state-of-the-art CFL-ready stadium.