Think it might be about time for a new football stadium in Kingston? With just over a month until Rugby Canada hosts Tonga in the Pacific Nations Cup the capacity goes from 10,000 down to 3,700. This is an embarrassment to Kingston. :x[url=http://www.thewhig.com/2013/05/03/upper-bleachers-at-richardson-stadium-deemed-unsafe]http://www.thewhig.com/2013/05/03/upper ... med-unsafe[/url]
What's really an embarrassment is that south Ontario gets 4 of 5 Rugby Canada games this year.
...seriously? 4 out of 5 games? why not play a team like Tonga, or any other island nation, in Calgary where the elevation at 3,500' asl would quickly tire out an opposing team that lives by the beach...there's a reason the olympic development centre is here...
Thats the thing with Calgary they don't host many games its just more or less a trainning campe site thats it.
This is an absolute disgrace! The worst part about Richardson stadium is that apparently it was only supposed to be a temporary stadium when it was erected in the [b]early 70's![/b. I even heard they used steel from the old stadium to patch things together. Does anyone in this country care about having proper sporting facilities; cause it sure as heck doesn't seem like it when you hear about stuff like this :roll: For shame! Someone could easily write a book (or two) about all the stadium blunders in this country.
You could write a book sports facilities in Ottawa alone even the Scotia Bank Place how hard it was to get it built would shock most who don't know.
If this was a hockey arena instead, there is no way it would ever get to this stage.
A pity, a city this size cannot have a decent and brand new 20k stadium.
While the Ottawa Civic Centre was never deemed unsafe i think ot was getting very close as many many issues were wrong with it the last few years.
Finally, some VERY good news about Richardson Stadium! :rockin:[url=http://gogaelsgo.com/news/2014/3/22/FB_0322140214.aspx?path=football]http://gogaelsgo.com/news/2014/3/22/FB_ ... h=football[/url]
There are some good news stories over recent years related to football stadiums at the university level in Canada. When I went to Mac there were relatively small wooden bleachers that did not even hold 1500 people is my guess. Now although not large by any standard Mac really does have a nice right sized 6.000 or so seat nice facility that is all part of a very nice athletic complex now that you can get a bit of a sense of in this video from a couple of years ago.[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BlLTZR5P5I&list=PL608298DFD482EC20]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BlLTZR ... DFD482EC20[/url]
Cats hold their spring training there and daily practices during the season there last year. This year they will be playing (at least) their one pre-season game there - maybe more? Depending on what Plan B is if they can't catch-up with the slightly delayed Tim Horton's Field construction. .
Stu Lang is an absolute godsend to Canadian University Football. He also put money forth for Guelph's stadium renovations and now this...I also heard he coaches football at Guelph for $1/year. Why is nobody in the national media doing more stories about this guy??? He should be a household name by now. Instead, we hear about which 4th line winger teams should call up from the minors or make-believe trade scenarios for 6 hrs instead.... :roll:
Yeah, and most of them in BMO. Regrettably, I believe the core reason for this is artificial turf. With the exception of Saputo, none of Canada's "big" stadiums (IE: CFL or MLS) use grass. When I played football in highschool, in full uniform with equipment, turf burn sucked. Now imagine that in shorts, short sleeve shirts and no padding. Not a prospect I would want to entertain.
I actually kinda wish THF was going with Grass, or hybrid grass instead of turf. I mean, it allows a stadium to compromise with other sports a bit more and open up more events. Maybe Hamilton could get a Rugby match once in a while. However as turf reigns in many of our stadiums, I doubt you'll see Rugby be played outside BMO or Saputo very much.
Doesn't turf though allow for much more community use by high schools etc. as it's tougher than grass or the hybrid grass? I would say that's more important than a few rugby games scattered here and there.
Yes and no, keep in mind most community use is for much younger players who don't tear the place apart too bad, and even when they do, scheduling ensures the place has time to recover. The other issue though is that you typically want to have more big events in a big stadium and grass/hyrbid grass is more conducive to Rugby events and Soccer events.
Rugby still gets played in Canada? (other than on some obscure sporting events channel on sattelite tv once a month from Australia)...
Is that a serious question?
A bit of good news for Gaels fans.[url=http://www.thewhig.com/2014/09/19/richardson-stadium-gaels-football-coach-pat-sheahan-expects-queens-to-get-closer-to-fundraising-goal-of-24-million-sooner-than-later]http://www.thewhig.com/2014/09/19/richa ... than-later[/url]
Hopefully their team can improve with their stadium. 66-0 loss to Guelph the other day. Yikes!
Looks like Kingston is getting a new football stadium!!! http://www.ckwstv.com/2014/12/08/new-ri ... een-light/ :rockin: :rockin: