You'll recall half the south-side stand was blown up in 2007.
"Lansdowne Park is in far worse shape than originally thought and large scale renovations of the stadium's north end stands are going to be needed just to bring it up acceptable standards.Doucet's "international design competition" is a lot of hot air, but as commenters on Duane Rollins' Out of Left Field post noted, this is a real wedge to the residents of Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood. The Glebeites have been trying to get the "great unwashed" which come to CFL and OHL games, not mention the summer Superex, out of their hair for the last 30 years. This helps their chances. There is also the fear that "a stadium for the CFL or for MLS, but not both" might morph into "a stadium for no one."
"Regional ward councilor Clive Doucet was already leading the charge yesterday to declare the stadium plans a write off and is now pushing to launch an international design competition - which, if they like, could include a nondescript stadium.
" 'It's really taken the stadium out of the equation...now we can actually get back to doing business the way we should be.' "
It raises the question of where the Gee-Gees fit into the grand scheme (a question that almost never seems to come up in the mainstream media coverage of the story). A city report six weeks ago listed Bayview Yards, near the Ottawa River and close to downtown, and Carleton as the top two sites for a stadium.
Bayview Yards is about a 15-minute bus trip (no transfer) from the uOttawa campus, if I'm not mistaken.
Lansdowne will cost extra $20 million over 10 years (Patrick Dare, Ottawa Citizen)