South side stands up
Lansdowne Park construction progressing
Mayor Jim Watson, Roger Greenberg, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) partner, Francis Pomerleau, Senior Vice President Pomerleau Inc, and Canadian Football League (CFL) Commissioner Mark Cohon celebrated the completion of the concrete structure for Lansdowne’s new south side stands, on Monday. Work will now shift to finishing the building’s interior.
"In February I dropped a lucky penny into one of the columns at the ground level of this building," said Mayor Watson. "It seems to have worked because only seven months later we are abletoseejusthowmuchhasbeenaccomplished. The amount of effort and coordination that has brought us to this point is outstanding."
The completion of concrete work was marked by a topping off event, where trowels were used to smooth out wet concrete for one of the final pieces of the structure.
"The topping off ceremony today marks a milestone in the construction of the south side stands for the new multi-purpose stadium. My OSEG partners and I are excited today to be able to see first-hand the transformation of Lansdowne that is taking shape throughout the entire 40 acre property" said Greenberg. "We are witnessing incredible activity on this site as it evolves into a superb location where people will be able to live, work and play."
During the event, attendees were able to tour the south side stands, including the suite level, future locker rooms and team offices which are still under construction.
"We’re excited about the Redblacks’ debut in 2014, and one day bringing the Grey Cup, and the millions of dollars worth of economic activity that comes with it, back to Ottawa," said Cohon. "But while we’re enormously proud that this project was inspired by football, we also applaud the fact that this will be a destination that brings people together for a multitude of fun and exciting reasons. Congratulations to everyone involved in this tremendous exercise in city building."
The next big milestone at the south side stands will be the start of construction of the Veil – an iconic wooden surround – in October. Over the next several months work will continue at the south side stands as heating and mechanical systems are finished, electrical wiring and plumbing is run, and the seating bowls and seats are installed.
"We are very proud of the many men and women who have worked tirelessly to bring this structure out of the ground over the last year," said Pomerleau. "This structure will stand as a
The new south side stands will have over 10,000 seats, including 24 new suites, concessions, locker rooms, CFL and soccer offices, a brand new media box at the upper level and will be fully accessible.