Have to take a look at the pics. Thought I'd pass this article around from the Times&Transcript out east, written by a former CFL'er, Jan Carinci talking about the Moncton stadium. I think it's a bit tongue-in-cheek type of article, a fun read, as I'm sure Jan sees a lot of positives with some new and renovated stadiums happening:
Stadium can pick up cheap seats
[i]Seems every CFL city is taking a page from our book and building -- or at least talking about building -- a new stadium.
In Vancouver, the Lions will play the 2010 season in the soon-to-be-completed $14.4-million Empire Field while the $444-million renovation for BC Place is completed.
That's a lot of sold Olympic tickets!
The 27,500-seat stadium is being constructed on the old Empire Stadium site.
Empire Stadium was the original home of the Lions when they entered the league in 1954 and the Leos played there until BC Place opened in 1983.
Empire Field will have a dozen private suites and a press box.
Twenty thousand of the seats will be bucket-style, the rest bench-style.
But here's the kicker: once the renovations that include a retractable roof for BC Place are completed, Empire Field will be ... torn down!
They've got so much money out there they can afford a disposable stadium.
Note to Moncton city officials: cheap seats for permanently expanding Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium available out west.
As the story goes, Swiss-based company Nussli is currently involved in finding homes for approximately 45,000 seats that were used as "non-permanent seating" at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
But if Moncton wants those seats they better move fast because there will be others knocking at Nussli's door.
In both Manitoba and Saskatchewan there's talk of new stadiums for both the Roughies and the Bombers.
In Winnipeg the deal is done as the provincial government has partnered with real estate tycoon David Asper.
The province is providing $90 million in loan guarantees to Asper's Creswin Properties to build a $115-million, 33,000-seat stadium.
If by 2016 the money has not been repaid, Mr. Asper will get hit with a property tax bill larger than the provincial debt of New Brunswick.
In Regina they're moving a little slower, but then they're talking about a lot more money.
The provincial government of Saskatchewan has done what most provincial governments are very good at: they've spent a million bucks -- on a feasibility study.
That study concluded that a retractable roof facility that would be the new home for the Saskatchewan Roughriders could cost up to $431 million.
That's a lot of hay!
The government is said to be exploring possible financial arrangements.
A domed stadium in Regina? That would be like putting one in Green Bay, wouldn't it? Just something about it that's not quite right.
Can you imagine Ron Lancaster or George Reed playing in a dome, leaving the field with nothing but sweat stains on their uniforms?
Or Roughriders fans driving three hours to see a game and being forced to watch it in a climate-controlled environment?
The watermelon-hat-wearing-paint-yourself-green-and-light-your-head-on-fire-fans would soon be replaced by cappuccino-sipping, Gucci sunglasses-wearing urbanites who have totally never bailed hay.
Is this the future of our league?
To make matters worse, the last bastion of toughness in Canadian Football League stadiums is now also threatened by our nation's ability to attract world championship events that require ... more modern facilities.
To quote Paul Wilson from Southam Newspapers, "Welcome to Ivor Wynne. Where you can reach out and actually touch a Ticat. Where cheerleaders wear buttons that say Argos Suck. Where the black is the painted steel pillars and the gold, even on a cold day, is lager in clear plastic cups."
That's right, Hamilton's Ivor Wynne Stadium, built during the hey-day of steel producers Dofasco and Stelco.
Home to the only CFL team to ever defeat a current National Football League team when Hamilton beat the Buffalo Bills 38-21 on August 8, 1961.
The place where CFL legends like Angelo Mosca, Ralph Sazio, Rocky DiPietro and Ben Zambiazi played like the blue-collar fans they represented may soon fall to the wrecking ball.
You see, Toronto won the rights to host the 2015 Pan Am Games and included in the winning bid were new facilities to be constructed throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe, a region that includes Hamilton.
The proposed $102-million stadium is likely to be built on Hamilton's waterfront in a location known as Tiffany Bluff.
Better act soon, City of Moncton, those cheap Olympic seats, like our memories of great CFL stadiums past, won't last long.[/i]
- Jan Carinci played 10 seasons in the CFL and was a member of the 1983 Grey Cup Champion Toronto Argonauts. Jan and his family have called Moncton home since 2001. - Published Thursday April 15th, 2010