CFL coming back to town
Published Wednesday, October 10, 2012 12:01PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 10, 2012 6:56PM EDT
A new CFL team is making its way back to the nation’s capital.
This comes after Ottawa City Council approved the biggest construction project in Ottawa's history, Wednesday morning - the makeover of Lansdowne Park, a $400-million project.
“It’s time to get on with this job,” said Jim Watson, Ottawa Mayor. “There will be bumps along the road during the construction phase….but once completed people are going to be very proud of it.”
It means retails shops, parkland, condos, townhomes and a new stadium. Major construction will begin as soon as next week.
"Today is the final vote and we can say to our fans across the country that the CFL is coming back to the nation’s capital,” said Mark Cohon, CFL Commissioner.
"Even if you are not a fan this is about being a fan of getting out of your house and seeing what the City of Ottawa has to offer,” said Jeff Hunt, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.
Ottawa residents have mixed reactions to the vote.
"It’s going to cause a lot of traffic for the next two years,” said one.
"I’m all about sports in the city! It will be fun,” said another.
The stadium is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014. The entire redevelopment project is expected to be finished by 2015.
With a report from CTV Ottawa's Catherine Lathem.