Site more important than team, says Hunt

SHANE ROSS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

Jeff Hunt said Eugene Melnyk "jumped the queue" by appearing at a planning committee meeting on Tuesday to state his case for an open-air stadium in Kanata.

Hunt and three other local businessmen have a rival proposal for a stadium at Lansdowne Park.

Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder was surprised Hunt's group didn't show up, but Hunt said they were absent because the two groups were not scheduled to publicly make their cases before council until April 6.

Melnyk, who wants the city to build a stadium for an MLS team he expects to get, told the planning committee that his proposal is the only one that could "serve the city and be financially viable," and that his group's proven track record in sports and entertainment management will guarantee it.

Hunt said he would not "quibble" with Melnyk over who can best operate a successful sports franchise.

"It's not the most significant issue," said Hunt, who has been granted a conditional CFL franchise. "It's where's the best site for a world-class stadium."


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