Mark Cohon thinks new stadiums will be ready on time

A handout photo of TD Place, the new home of the Ottawa RedBlacks.

A handout photo of TD Place, the new home of the Ottawa RedBlacks.

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

OTTAWA - The new stadiums in Ottawa and Hamilton will absolutely, positively … well, most likely … uh, probably be ready for the CFL season.

It might also depend on what your definition of “on time” is.

Commissioner Mark Cohon toured Ottawa’s TD Place on Thursday morning and said he’s been given assurances the stadium will be good to go.

“From what they’re telling me, absolutely,” Cohon said.

Now, that’s how the folks in Winnipeg got in trouble with Investors Group Field. The Bombers kept saying the construction company was telling them the place would be ready, but it ended up opening a year late.

In other words, you never really know.

Cohon added the RedBlacks are going to launch their home schedule “towards the end of July,” which means they’ll likely have to play their first few games on the road.

The commish said Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field is also on time, but he pointed out they’re doing double shifts in an effort to get it completed.


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