The Tiger-Cats need a new or revamped home and city hall has a two-year window to resolve the issue, the football club's president said yesterday
"Where do we play?" Scott Mitchell asked after outlining a decision he said can't be put off any longer.
His call to action prompted Mayor Fred Eisenberger to promise a new home for the Tiger-Cats will be a top priority once the current budget process is completed.
Mitchell defined the issue in a speech at The Mayor's Luncheon, noting Ivor Wynne Stadium is declining rapidly and would cost $30 million to $40 million to rebuild.
Mitchell said the city can go that route and have a limited-use facility in a residential area or consider a new stadium capable of housing more events. It would cost $150 million to $200 million, he estimated.
Eisenberger said he'd direct city staff to start examining options, including an inner-city location, as soon as the city's budget is ironed out.
Ivor Wynne started as Civic Stadium in 1930 when it was built for the British Empire Games. Mitchell stressed the risk with aging stadiums, pointing out one side of Ottawa's Landsdowne Park was condemned as unsafe recently. Source.