Local residents get first look at new TD Place stadium
The TD Place stadium at Lansdowne will officially open July 18, 2014 for the Ottawa Redblacks sold out home opener.
Published Sunday, July 6, 2014 6:43PM EDT
The countdown is on with just a little more than a week to go until the Ottawa Redblacks play their first home game.
The doors to the new TD Place stadium open on July 18. But residents of the Glebe, Old Ottawa South and Old Ottawa East got a sneak peek at the new stadium Sunday afternoon.
“I live in the Glebe, so it wasn't really exciting at first when we found out what was going to go on with the traffic and so on, but I think it's going to be great,” said one Glebe resident.
“I have to admit I’m pretty impressed, I have to say they’ve organized it quite well,” said another resident.
The 24,000-seat stadium is just about ready for the highly anticipated Redblacks’ home opener, which is sold out.
A new bike parking lot was unveiled with room for more than 600 bikes.
More than 15,000 people are expected to flock to the stadium for concerts and games.
Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group is encouraging people to take free public transit and shuttle services to get to and from major events at the stadium at Lansdowne Park.
For ticket holders to major events, OC Transpo will be free three hours before events at TD Place, and three hours after they end.
Work is continuing on the urban park space at Lansdowne Park, which will feature an apple orchard, benches, shrubs, a children’s play area, and 800 trees.
The official opening of Lansdowne Park is August 16.