Mayor Rob Ford 'doing everything possible' to get Toronto a football stadium

This picture of Rob Ford at the Mosaic Stadium, home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was tweeted...

This picture of Rob Ford at the Mosaic Stadium, home of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was tweeted from the mayor's account Monday.

DON PEAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:41 PM ET

TORONTO - Fresh from his trip out west, Mayor Rob Ford says Toronto needs a football stadium.

During his weekend vacation, Ford took in CFL games in Winnipeg and Regina. While watching the Toronto Argonauts trounce the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the mayor says he was amazed by the atmosphere at the game inside the Bombers' Investors Group Field.

"That's what you call football," Ford said Tuesday.

"There is 35,000 fans dedicated to their team. I'm not saying we're not. We need a football stadium in the city bad."

Ford said he's "doing everything possible" to get a "made for football" stadium in Toronto. He said he's trying to sit down with the Argos' owners and then thought about possible locations for a field.

"Where can we build it? Where can we put a 35,000-seat stadium? We can either work on U of T, we can either work with BMO. Maybe at Downsview? Maybe at Woodbine?" Ford told reporters. "We need a football stadium in this city .. especially after winning the Grey Cup."

Although news reports said Ford was heckled by some fans at the Blue Bombers game, Ford had nothing but nice things to say about the residents he met.

"The people in Winnipeg were very, very gracious and polite and the people of Regina were the same," Ford said.

"Had a great time."

"I encourage everyone to go out and catch a game, you'll understand what I mean," he added.

After losing a fight to cut council in half last Thursday, Ford said he was impressed during a visit to Winnipeg City Hall.

"The thing I liked about it, they only had, I think, 16 councillors down there and a little, small council chamber," he said.

Winnipeg council includes 15 councillors plus the mayor.

Public Works chairman Denzil Minnan-Wong said he'd love to have a new football stadium but it's not "on the top of the priority list."

"I don't think it is a priority right now," Minnan-Wong said. "There are things that we need to focus on that are more significant - transit, flooding problems - those are two things that come to mind.

"While it would be nice to have a new stadium, I think we actually got to keep our eye on the ball."


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