Problems in the turnaround time for the baseball and football fields at the Rogers Centre have forced the Argos to reschedule two games.
The Argos announced yesterday that two home games have been rescheduled -- the Aug. 25 game against Calgary has been moved ahead one day, and the Sept. 29 game against Ottawa has been moved ahead one day. The changes have been to accommodate Blue Jays' home games and the added time needed to convert the fields for baseball use.
Argos president Keith Pelley said converting from football to baseball requires more time than last year due to changes at the Rogers Centre, in particular the installation of the warning track, the outfield videoboards, the construction of the pitching mound, bullpen mounds and base cutouts. All combined it takes about 40 hours, considerably more than before.
"When we did the schedule, we knew it was a possibility (of a problem), but based on all we knew talking to Rogers Centre, we all believed we could make it happen," Argos president Keith Pelley said yesterday. "We exhausted every possibility between Rogers Centre and FieldTurf (which manufactures the turf that is reconfigured for both baseball and football games at the stadium) and it just couldn't happen."
The Argos play in Edmonton on Aug. 20 and now play four days later instead of five. They play in Saskatchewan on Sept. 23 and now have five days instead of six until their next game. The Argos played last Thursday in Montreal, then had to play on Monday.