Stadium report to committee

SHANE ROSS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:53 AM ET

They are the only two proposals submitted to the city, but Lansdowne Park and land in Kanata adjacent to Scotiabank Place may not even be the best sites for an outdoor stadium.

An evaluation of 23 sites, commissioned by the city last August and completed by the Corporate Research Group, will be formally tabled at a planning and environment committee meeting on Feb. 24.

"It will help provide context to the two stadium proposals," said committee chairman Peter Hume. "Where should we invest in the stadium? Now we can look and say, 'well, here's where it's

ranked.' "

There are rumours that Bayview, near Lebreton Flats, and land near Carleton University rank high on the list.

Not all the sites are on city-owned land. Hume admitted the Carleton site is intriguing because it is on a major transit route, including light rail.

"It could be that this stimulates larger debate," he said.

There would have to be a strong case for one of the other sites to replace the two official proposals, Hume said. Ottawa Sports & Entertainment, a group granted a conditional CFL franchise, wants to build the stadium at Lansdowne Park. Senators Sports & Entertainment wants to build it in Kanata, anchored by an MLS franchise.

A city staff report analyzing the two proposals will be tabled at a special council meeting on March 25. After public consultation, it will be considered by council on April 22.

Council could decide to accept the staff recommendation, or reject both and begin soliciting bids for a stadium somewhere such as Carleton.


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