Beam leak steams bid team

SHANE ROSS, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

The Lansdowne Live group says the "leak" of an engineering report detailing structural problems with the north side stands could be perceived as an attempt to undermine their proposal to renovate Frank Clair Stadium and revitalize the city-owned park.

But John Ruddy, one of four businessmen behind Lansdowne Live, said their $97-million proposal already took into account the engineer's report.

"Our plans for the reconstruction of the stadium and our $97-million budget for the total cost of the project takes into account an upgrade-to-code of the raker beams and all other structural elements of the stadium and Civic Centre," said Ruddy.

"Of course a stadium built in the 1960s does not meet the building codes of this decade, and of course we took that into account when we drew up plans for the stadium renovation."

Another partner, Roger Greenberg, smelled a rat. The report was released to all councillors Wednesday, just four days before his group and their competitor, Senators Sports & Entertainment, are scheduled to present their proposals to a special committee.

"Some might interpret the release of this information, without putting it in proper context for city councillors and members of the general public, as an attempt to undermine our bid," said Greenberg.

OPPOSITE EFFECT

"Hopefully it'll have the opposite effect. The reality is that the stadium is in pretty good shape and we will upgrade it to not only meet today's building code standards but to be one of the world's great stadiums.

"We look forward to making our Lansdowne Live presentation to council next week and answering any and all questions they may have about our proposal to renovate and rejuvenate Lansdowne Park, which, as the engineering report indicates, is long overdue."

Council is scheduled to make a decision on the stadium proposals on April 22.


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