Meanwhile, while Ottawa dithers, lets take a look around at some other cities and see what they are up to.
We all know about Winnipeg. There's a city with some civic pride. Just 650K people (in a Province of just 1.1 million) yet they've apparently found a way to make a new stadium happen.
Then there's Edmonton. A city of around a million (in a Province of 3.1 million) — still smaller than Ottawa — who managed to build an (by most accounts) excellent stadium twenty years ago that even today is supposedly one of the best places to watch a game. It even has rapid transit to the ball park.
Not far from Ontario is Indianapolis. A city of just 800k, smack dab in the middle of State of six million (half the population of Ontario). They are building a new (NFL size) retractable roof sports facility to replace their twenty year old one (which will be torn down). Now that's a city with some pride and which recognizes the enormous value of it's facilities to the over all health its community.
Then we come to Ottawa. A city of 1.1 million (Ontario has 12 million). The capital of Canada. What has it got? A stadium that was originally built in 1908 that could seat around 30k people if it is ever refurbished (yet again). This is a city that complained bitterly when a mayor suggested the land could be put to better use. So the old stadium stayed. It now sits empty and barely used, fallen into disrepair. Searches for a snuck, er, owner for a CFL franchise have proved fruitless, which is not really surprising given that one look at this derelict old embarrassment would be enough to send any sensible zillionaire in search of a city with some self-respect, like Winnipeg or Edmonton or Indianapolis - cities though smaller than Ottawa realize that there is more to a stadium than freshly painted planks and new turf. A stadium is a place for an event. Where people can go and marvel and feel proud as a community. With which business will want to be associated. To which many events can be attracted which will generate revenue for the surrounding community and the city and province in general.
No, Ottawans don't see the value in a new stadium. They want their old Frank Clair. Too bad nobody else does.