South side stands up

Lans­downe Park con­struc­tion pro­gress­ing

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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.

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