Ottawa might not be ready for the start of 2013 CFL season

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3/21/2011 11:35:53 AM
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The Canadian Football League's expansion team in Ottawa might not be ready for the start of the 2013 season after all.

According to the Ottawa Sun, delays because of a legal challenge could holdup the Lansdowne Park redevelopment enough for the CFL franchise to have to start play in 2014 instead.

The delay stems from a group called the Friends of Lansdowne Park.  They made a legal challenge to the redevelopment and that challenge was supposed to be heard during the week of April 4.  That challenge has been pushed back to late June.

"Certainly our goal is to try to keep to that 2013 season," Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group's Roger Greenberg told the Sun, while also saying that because of the construction delays that he was "not sure how achievable" a 2013 start would be.

The construction of a remodeled and rebuilt Frank Clair Stadium was supposed to begin in June, but that will be on hold until a decision is made on the legal challenge.

"The project is going to get built," Greenberg told the Sun. "If it gets built a little bit later than we had originally proposed, OK, so what? It's not the end of the world."

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