Argos interested in BMO move?
September 11, 2007
By Perry Lefko, Sportsnet.ca
"The owners of the Argonauts are committed to remain custodians of the team for a long period of time.
But Sportsnet.ca has learned Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon have begun initial research into possibly moving the team from the Rogers Centre to the newly-built BMO Field, if it could be retrofitted for football and expanded beyond the initial stadium size of 25,000 seats.
"We're here for the long haul," Cynamon told the media on Tuesday to diffuse rumours he and Sokolowski are looking to sell the team, which they bought after the 2003 season. "We made that clear from day one. We're in our fourth season. We have accomplished a lot with this team, but not everything. We enjoy operating and owning this team and we have absolutely no plans to depart our current situation whatsover.
"That's why I laugh at those rumours," Cynamon added. "Find me one person that we've had any discussions with and I'll admit it. It just doesn't exist. We don't even discuss it."
The Argo ownership reportedly has an option to play host to the Grey Cup in the next four years and sources suggest the target year is 2012. The Argos play host to the game this year for the first time in 15 years and it's expected to be a sellout that will reap a profit of $4 million to $5 million."
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It will be quite the retrofit if they can pull it off. It would require one stand being moved at least and additional boxes, I would imagine.
Stephen Brunt wrote about the problem in a December 7 article in The Globe and Mail:
"To that end, here's a fact that some might find surprising. They won't be able to play Canadian football in the new park.
The stands at the south end, built on permanent foundations, sit right in the middle of where the end zone would be. Length-wise, the field simply won't fit."http://tinyurl.com/2juxud
It would be nice for the governments to also get involved in deeper talks with the Cats regarding their stadium situation in the medium-to-long term, but I digress.
Oski Wee Wee,