And, when all is said and done, this is the best case scenario for the CFL and the Argos. Yes, the York situation sounded attractive, and still does to a certain extent (Are you listening TiCats? There is still no stadium in southern Ontario that is in an open field setting catering to tailgating - a market is here for that!) but there were at lot of uncertainties with York as mentioned above plus the fact the owners were out $20 mill. Staying put at a renovated Skydome and being partners with a media giant like Rogers with a long term lease is fantastic, Rogers and Paul Godfrey, it would seem, would want the Argos to succeed now in their stadium and it is a win-win situation for all, unlike when the Skydome was owned by a US company. And the Grey Cup will be held probably in Toronto in 2007, again promoted by Rogers which is excellent news.
The Argos just confirmed long-term stability for the franchise and this is great news for the CFL. Hey, every stadium has some drawbacks, I don’t think it is fair to just point out the drawbacks with the Skydome. Hopefully they will have the lid open as much as possible though, I like it better with the lid open.
And TO will put on a party for the 2007 Grey Cup after the disappointing Cup in 1992 that I attended. This was in the “Blue Jay Craze” period and the “Skydome Craze Period”. This is history now, the Blue Jays are an average team now and baseball isn’t as “exciting” as it used to be, and the Skydome isn’t even of NFL standards as is now the case, so the situation is
more normalized than back in the early 90’s. And the CFL is back again, with new local ownership in southern Ontario with only the Gades situation a tad up in the air for now, but hopefully that will change shortly.