Originally Posted by Radster
Bayview to Little Italy requires about a 10 minute walk. Compare that to a 10 minute walk from Lansdowne, you also get lots of nightlife options on Bank...and Elgin, not to mention the new options which will pop up on the Lansdowne site. As for transit, this has been beaten to death. Lets not forget the many big events Lansdowne has hosted over the past few decades, with crowds over 20,000, and traffic/accessibility was never that big of an issue. A new stadium at Lansdowne will be there for many decades. And regarding Bayview, yes, its on a transit line, but what about car access? Its not any better than Lansdowne, and even further from the Queensway than Lansdowne.
You don't have to take my word for it, the Master Plan for intensification directs it to take place along the rapid transit corridor, primarily LeBreton/Bayview. There will be 5 to 7 minute access to Elgin, the Market from there using rapid transit. To Little Italy/Chinatown a 5 minute walk from the LeBreton station. You dont want people using their cars, that is the whole point. For the Quebec fans a much closer venue. For Kanata, Orleans, Riverside/Ottawa South direct rapid transit right into the stadium
You develop large where you have rapid transit.
Parking at Bayview for major events will have 4,000 empty parking spots within 300m at the Federal Facility of Tunney's Pasture.
Aside from the crucial rapid transit feature, massive parking nearby and wide open space needing development, you develop at Bayview for the simple reason of economics.
Simply put, if your revenue model is based on taxation then with over 2M sq ft to develop at Bayview that is 7 times the tax return to the city compared to the planned .35M sq ft at Lansdowne. You also need fewer roads at a rapid transit serviced location.
Crowds used to be able to be sort of handled at Lansdowne when it was empty, but add 350,000 sq ft of density, condos, homes cars, it will be logistically impossible. The team failed for a number of reasons and one of the important ones was the difficulty of fans getting in and out of the area, let alone park. Build central to the region on rapid transit and you have a successful stadium location for MLS and CFL that will sell out due to the geographically centered and easily accessed location.
Stadiums move, the Canadiens moved, the Maple Leafs moved, the BC Lions, Winnipeg Blue Bombers even the storied Yankees all moved to better locations.
We can too.