Argos play the field

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:20 AM ET

It will be out with the new turf and in with the even newer turf.

Following meetings yesterday between the Argos and Rogers Communications, both parties agreed that the new FieldTurf surface to be used by the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre will be reconfigured for Argos games.

FieldTurf will replace the previous surface the Argos bought last year to replace the outdated 15-year-old floor.

"FieldTurf allows for a better flexibility instead of us putting in our own turf which we used last year," Argos co-owner Howard Sokolowski said. "Because the FieldTurf will be there already, there will be a shorter conversion time.

"We have a very good relationship with the Blue Jays and it would be our pleasure to hopefully one day host a Grey Cup game at the (Rogers Centre) in the not-too-distant future. That would be our wish anyway."

There have been rumours for some time Sokolowski and his partner David Cynamon will attempt to acquire the rights to either the 2007 or '08 Grey Cup. Sokolowski and Cynamon still plan to go ahead with plans to build a stadium for the Argos at York University in time for the 2007 season. Playing regular-season games there and shifting the Grey Cup to the Rogers Centre would be akin to what the Montreal Alouettes have done with Molson Stadium and Olympic Stadium.

Sokolowski also said that Rogers Communications is trying to help the Argos avoid the scheduling problems they had last year with the previous stadium landlord.

"Frankly, if the Blue Jays didn't own Rogers Centre, we'd have a terrible schedule," Sokolowski said. "It's only through their co-operation that we're able to improve our schedule measurably. Instead of playing Wednesday games for example we'll play more weekend games."

The 2005 Canadian Football League schedule has been in limbo because of the Argos and their inability to finalize dates. That's expected to be resolved and allow for the CFL schedule to be unveiled early next week and feature the Argos opening at home on June 25 against the B.C. Lions in a rematch of the 2004 Grey Cup.

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