I received this correspondence from the Argonauts just moments ago:
The Toronto Argonauts Football Club has announced that it has changed the dates of a pair of home games at Rogers Centre. The game originally scheduled for Thursday, August 25 against the Calgary Stampeders will now be held one day earlier on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24. The Thursday, September 29 contest vs. the Ottawa Renegades has been moved to WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28. Kickoff for both games remains at 7:30 p.m. with TSN and 640 Toronto broadcasting both games live as planned.
The need to move these games was determined by the time required to convert the playing surface at Rogers Centre in advance of a pair of Toronto Blue Jaysâ€™ homestands. Officials with Rogers Centre state that between 39 and 40 hours are now required to properly complete the conversion of the stadium from its football configuration to that of a baseball diamond. Beyond the time required to lay in the pallets of FieldTurf, considerable effort is put into the installation of the warning track, the new outfield videoboards and the construction of the pitching mound, bullpen mounds and base cutouts.
Keith Pelley, President & CEO of the Toronto Argonauts, commented, â€œWe want to thank our fans in advance for their continued support of the Argos. We apologize for any inconvenience these changes cause our fans and fellow CFL teams. We did everything we could with the full cooperation of Rogers Centre to avoid these changes.â€?
Pelley continued, â€œWhen we originally crafted our 2005 regular season schedule, there was still some question as to what type of playing surface would be installed in Rogers Centre, however, we strongly believed as a consolidated group that we could make these two Thursdays feasible. Early in the season, we recognized that the conversion process now takes more time than we had originally anticipated. We have been working with Rogers and FieldTurf for the last month to expedite the conversion but after exhausting every possibility, it was clear after the August 1 home game that we would not be able to accommodate the extremely tight turnaround time for these games.
â€œWe want to let our fans know that under our newly arranged lease with Rogers Centre, where we have the first selection of dates after the Blue Jays, conflicts of this sort will be avoided in the future.â€?