Owners after weekend dates

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

The future of Argos games won't be anything like the present. If anything, it will be somewhat like the past.

When the Argos move into their new digs at York University in 2006 or 2007, owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski will be pushing for home games to be played on Saturdays and Sundays, which used to be the norm back in the old days of Exhibition Stadium.

It has been a hodge-podge at the SkyDome in recent years because the Argos had no control of their dates.

"For the first time in history, the Argos finally can control our own destiny and schedule," Sokolowski said. "The place to be on Saturdays and Sundays in the summer and fall will surely be at this new stadium."

It will be set up to include fan-friendly experiences.

"We don't know about having alcohol -- that remains to be seen -- but the university has given us absolutely every assurance that they believe in having picnics, a celebration before and after the game," Sokolowski said. "That's going to be a total fan experience. We expect to have people two hours before the game (for part of that). I don't want to call it a tailgate situation -- we'll call it more of a celebration or a picnic -- but certainly that's something the university has embraced and made us feel comfortable that it will happen, which is going to be very exciting."

Sokolowski also talked enthusiastically about the stadium configuration, claiming it will be better than the SkyDome because of the sightlines and the proximity to the sidelines.

"We can assure all Argo fans that this stadium will be a sophisticated yet intimate, compact, player-friendly stadium," Sokolowski said. "I think SkyDome is a good place to watch a football game; this will be a great place to watch a football game."

Co-owner David Cynamon said the York model, compared to the one originally proposed for the University of Toronto, is better because there won't be a need for a running track. There's already a track and field facility on the grounds.

"This is going to be a smaller-scale NFL stadium where you've got fans literally as close to the sidelines as physically possible and on top of the players," Cynamon said. "Overall, everyone is going to now have the best venue we could have possibly built."


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