Originally Posted by phil235
To call this a "massive bet" on a CFL football team really understates the importance of a stadium to the city for any number of events. Case in point, Ottawa U had 6-7000 people in there for a football game last weekend. That couldn't have happened anywhere else in Ottawa.
The investment being made is for the provision of an outdoor multi-purpose facility, not just a CFL team. And don't forget the arena, which already has a proven tenant. The CFL (and soccer team) are to be other key tenants of the facility, but they will really only account for a fraction of the use that will be made of the stadium.
Gee Gees football is served by the North Stands.
A full stadium is ideally located at Bayview. Develop it now or lose the chance.
Rapid transit is key to any stadium that Lansdowne cannot provide.
Lansdowne is better suited to a renovation of the North stands and arena under option 2 of the Conservancy bid and will cost $45M for the whole park, easily covered and extremely profitable with mixed retail in existing buildings.
As Prime Minister Harper correctly pointed out, sports arena's and stadiums are for private developers, not the taxpayer. With 7 times the development space a development tied stadium at Bayview is not only better fiscally but at the Rapid Transit Hub, strategically superior.
Mayor Larry is clearly not thinking straight.