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I can see a team being fast tracked for Moncton if the Ottawa team doesn't come to pass. A team in Ottawa is not a done deal yet in regards to the stadium issue. Here's hoping the Moncton game this year is a complete success and a franchise to follow within 5 years.
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I can see a team being fast tracked for Moncton if the Ottawa team doesn't come to pass. A team in Ottawa is not a done deal yet in regards to the stadium issue. Here's hoping the Moncton game this year is a complete success and a franchise to follow within 5 years.
I believe that Ottawa city council has approved the development of a new stadium and will begin construction this year.

I don't think Ottawa's franchise will be a factor as to when or if Moncton gets its own franchise. It comes down to finding an owner and building a suitable stadium (25,000+ seats).
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I believe that Ottawa city council has approved the development of a new stadium and will begin construction this year.

I don't think Ottawa's franchise will be a factor as to when or if Moncton gets its own franchise. It comes down to finding an owner and building a suitable stadium (25,000+ seats).
Yes city council has approved the development and Ottawa does have a conditional franchise but there are alot of councilors that still would rather see whats left of the existing stadium be imploded and not rebuilt and forget about a new franchise because it has failed previously.It's an election year there and if a new mayor is elected who didn't vote yes for the development then it could change things. There's still alot of hoops to jump through on that one and I hope it proceeds and Ottawa gets a new team as planned but if in the event the whole thing doesn't come to be I think the CFL will want to jump on a new plan quickly and a new franchise in Moncton for example will be a great alternative to an Ottawa failure. Lets hope it doesn't go that way though.
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They REALLY have to change the name of our new stadium: "Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium" that's has got to be the dumbest thing I've ever heard. No flow, no originality, nothing for people to attach to locally.

Ditch the 'stade' (does it really need this), ditch the 2010 (it's not just being used in 2010)...just call it the Moncton Stadium, at least until it has an official name or the Univeristy of Moncton Stadium, but that 'Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium' has got to go, very lame.

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Since the stadium is on the U de M campus, I'm pretty sure the Stade part of the name will have to stay!

I agree though that the current name is pretty lame and hopefully will change once the IAAF track championships are done with.

I'm optimistic that a corporate sponsor will step forward for naming rights, especially with national exposure for CFL games for perhaps the next five years. With a Molson's brewery in town, I'd like to see Stade Moncton Molson Stadium adopted as the name.

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OK, so now we know the date of the first CFL regular season game to be played in Atlantic Canada.

We know that it will be the Edmonton Eskimos making the trek east to battle the "home squad" Toronto Argonauts and, we know that the game and corresponding events will be branded Touchdown Atlantic and that foot will meet ball Sunday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m., Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium.

What we don't know is exactly what else will be taking place leading up to the big game.

At the press conference last fall to announce that the CFL was indeed landing in Moncton, speculation on the festivities surrounding the event received almost as much hype as the game itself.

CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon mentioned the term "Mini Grey Cup."

To which Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc questioningly responded, "Mini?"

Mini Grey Cup or otherwise, there will be many events taking place in Moncton the week of Sept. 20 for fans of the game leading up to Sunday afternoon's kick-off.

Having played 10 years in the CFL I was fortunate to play in three Grey Cup championship games, but it wasn't until after I retired from playing and was part of several Grey Cup organizing committees that I came to know exactly why people from all over Canada flock to this annual November bash.

So, for those of you that have never taken in the events surrounding a Grey Cup game, here's what you might expect to see next September at Moncton's Touchdown Atlantic version.

Let's start with inclusion -- Touchdown Atlantic has the opportunity to include all local football programs in the festivities.

So look for the Moncton Football Association, local high schools and perhaps Mount A to all be part of the lead-up to the CFL contest on the 26th.

While it would be great to have all of those lead-up games played at Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium, the fact that the playing surface at the U de M venue is natural grass means that these games will be played at Rocky Stone Field.

You see, the CFL wants a pristine environment for Sunday's Argo Eskimo clash -- it has to look good on TV and a field that's hosted several lead-up games might not look good on Sunday.

In fact, it's unlikely that the two CFL teams will even practice at the Stadium.

The good news is there is talk that the city will add a significant number of temporary seats to Rocky Stone and will also dress up the artificial turf field in a similar fashion to the U de M field.

This should make for an exciting environment for the teams that will be involved and for the fans taking in the contests.

Even if you are not a football fan, there will be many opportunities for you to engage in the action.

Moncton's downtown core will undoubtedly be turned into 'party central' for both the fan and the still unconverted.

Traditionally, Grey Cup Festivals include team suites -- large conference-style meeting rooms turned into team hospitality rooms each one adorned in team colours, showing highlights from the team's season, hosting former players and of course stocked full of ice-cold beverages.

Now we don't have a conference centre that could accommodate this but another idea would be to utilize the city's downtown bars designating nine of them as official CFL team suites.

Imagine the Old Triangle as the official Saskatchewan Roughriders "Green is the colour, football is the game" hot spot.

Rouge Resto Club works nicely with the Calgary Stampeders.

The St. James Gate has got the Toronto Argonauts written all over it!

And whoever gets the Atlantic Schooner rights will definitely enjoy a good week.

Anyway you get the picture -- party central starting Sept. 23 to cheer on your favourite team(s).

Thursday will more than likely see the kick-off of some sort of Fan Festival to be housed in a large facility either downtown or on the U de M campus.

This festival will be for the whole family and could feature interactive football skills testing, autograph sessions, a mini version of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame including the opportunity for fans to have their picture taken with the Grey Cup and all things CFL.

Join me In the Huddle next week as we take a look at what Friday and Saturday might look like leading up to kick-off Sept. 26.

In the meantime, remember to register at www.CFL.ca/moncton.

This will show the CFL our support for Touchdown Atlantic and also allow you to receive the latest breaking news on game tickets and other Touchdown Atlantic events.

* In The Huddle appears every Thursday in the sports section. Jan Carinci played for the 1983 Grey Cup Champion Toronto Argonauts.

Very interesting......we will have a conference centre available though; the new Palladium at Casino NB. This however is about 10 km from downtown and perhaps having any events out there (at a casino) might detract from the family atmosphere that the CFL would likely be trying to promote.
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Workers on the new stadium at the Université de Moncton finish attaching a truss system that will hold up a partial roof over the seats on the CEPS side of the facility yesterday.
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Workers on the new stadium at the Université de Moncton finish attaching a truss system that will hold up a partial roof over the seats on the CEPS side of the facility yesterday.
I am interested in the roof section. Do you have a rendering?
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No, not really. I'll see if I can find one for you. In any event, it will be a very small roof and will probably protect no more than 2,000 of the 10,000 permanent seats.
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No, not really. I'll see if I can find one for you. In any event, it will be a very small roof and will probably protect no more than 2,000 of the 10,000 permanent seats.
Thanks, I am interested in seeing the design. Since they are building the stadium to accommodate temporary seats, I wonder if a larger roof would get in the way of the plans for the temporary seats. A larger roof would certainly be better; if not for rain then to provide shade from the sun.

Do you think that this stadium might start being used for concerts in the Moncton area instead of Magnetic hill?
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Do you think that this stadium might start being used for concerts in the Moncton area instead of Magnetic hill?
Yes, absolutely! (at least for some concerts).

I am convinced that the "temporary" bleachers will be a permanent fixture at the stadium for however long the CFL keeps having an annual game in Moncton. At present, the plan is for five years.........after that, who knows!

With the temporary bleachers, the stadium will have seating for 20,000. With additional standing room on the field, the stadium could accomodate 25-30,000 for concerts.

The city is already thinking of using the stadium for medium sized concerts while maintaining Magnetic Hill for the megaconcerts. The city is investing more money in upgrading Magnetic Hill again this year so it won't be abandoned.

Moncton will have facilities for concerts of any size:

Capitol Theatre..........................less than 800 people
Palladium at Casino NB...............up to 2,000 people
Wesleyan Celebration Centre......up to 2,000 people
Moncton Coliseum......................up to 7,000 people
Moncton 2010 Stadium...............up to 30,000 people
Magnetic Hill Concert Site...........up to 100,000 people
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Yes, absolutely! (at least for some concerts).

I am convinced that the "temporary" bleachers will be a permanent fixture at the stadium for however long the CFL keeps having an annual game in Moncton. At present, the plan is for five years.........after that, who knows!

With the temporary bleachers, the stadium will have seating for 20,000. With additional standing room on the field, the stadium could accommodate 25-30,000 for concerts.

The city is already thinking of using the stadium for medium sized concerts while maintaining Magnetic Hill for the megaconcerts. The city is investing more money in upgrading Magnetic Hill again this year so it won't be abandoned.

Moncton will have facilities for concerts of any size:

Capitol Theatre..........................less than 800 people
Palladium at Casino NB...............up to 2,000 people
Wesleyan Celebration Centre......up to 2,000 people
Moncton Coliseum......................up to 7,000 people
Moncton 2010 Stadium...............up to 30,000 people
Magnetic Hill Concert Site...........up to 100,000 people
look at it this way:

Capitol Theatre.....................OLD...but completely revamped in the mid 90's, perfect setting for any small show, great location downtown.
Palladium at Casino NB...............Not even done yet, will be top notch in its class no doubt, with casino/hotel attached you cant go wrong.
Wesleyan Celebration Centre......Brand new (2008), great sound, balcony seating, beautiful inside, all brand new a/v equipment (3 large projector screens, lighting, etc)
Moncton Coliseum......................70's? very outdated, improper fire exits, horrible sound, roof way too low, bad location, no transit access etc etc
Moncton 2010 Stadium...............Not even done yet, Will be great for mid-size mega concerts. largest stadium in Atlantic Canada.
Magnetic Hill Concert Site...........Its a hill...its been around...but it's still good as new. perfect outdoor site, natural amphitheater, great location, constant improvements.

Which one of these things is not like the others?!!!

The Coliseum is starting to stick out like a very sore thumb.

Now to make that list perfect all we need to do is have a better venue for the 6-10,000 spectator/winter concerts. AKA downtown arena...
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This is my idea for a stadium in the Halifax area. I know this thread is geared more towards an actual stadium (Moncton Stadium) with local area politicians who actually care about sports fans. But I post this anyway as a fantasy stadium since a Halifax area stadium will most likely not be built in the Halifax area as long as the current council is in office (there are a few Halifax area councillors who support a stadium but unfortunately it seems to be a minority). That really sucks for Halifax area sports fans but it might be good for the hopes of Monctonians regarding a CFL team.

I think that the stadium below could be built for about $75 million based on the cost of InfoCision Stadium in Akron Ohio (which has a media tower and more sideline seats but it doesn't have a roof - an interesting description of the InfoCision Stadium can be found at this link http://www.ohiomm.com/blogs/zips/200...ision-stadium/ ). The conceptual stadium below would seat about 28,000 of mostly bench style seats and some sideline folding seats with room in the end zones for another 7,000 -8,000 seats for larger events (such as the Grey Cup which likely won't happen in the Halifax area in my lifetime - I am really becoming annoyed with Halifax area politicians). I am not saying that they should build my conceptual design; they should just start actively promoting and planning a stadium. There are many Halifax area CFL fans and sports fans in general that they are totally ignoring.

The roof is a cantilever type that is based on the Seattle, Washington Husky Stadium except that the columns are not obstructing views as it does in the Seattle Husky stadium (the SMU Huskies' stadium has a smaller cantilevered roof). The Seattle, Washington Husky stadium roof actually has a much longer overhang than the one below. The Seattle, Washington Husky Stadium roof extends about 150 feet from back to front whereas the one below is about 110 feet. I have the roof supports drawn as solid members whereas in reality they would likely be trusses similar to Husky Stadium in the following link: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._show_band.jpg. (Or the roof supports could be fabricated I-beams with large holes cut out to reduce the weight; this would look better). At the very top of the conceptual image could be skyboxes with about one row of seats at the front of the skybox. Wheelchair access areas would be between the lower sunken bowl and upper tier and would be at street level elevation.

For anyone who is interested, I have uploaded a version to Google's 3D warehouse. You will need the Google Setchup program to open it but you can obtain the legal free version at http://sketchup.google.com/ . Once you have the Sketchup program, open it and then go to the download model section and search for Halifax, Nova Scotia Stadium. With the Sketchup program you can virtually walk through the model and position a camera at various points in the 3-D model. You will also be able to make changes to the model. It takes quite a while to learn to use all the features of the Sketchup program but there are many tutorials on YouTube that will help a great deal in learning how to use it. Once you know how to use it then you can make your own architectural 3D computer models.

I posted an image of the Seattle Husky Stadium since I think that it is an interesting US College football stadium and shows a large cantilever type roof.






Seattle, Washington Husky Stadium (source: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi..._show_band.jpg )

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Does anyone have any updated pictures for the new Moncton stadium?
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CFL Commissioner Special Guest at Monday night's Moncton Wildcats game
2010-03-04


It’s not Monday Night Football but the Canadian Football League will be part of Monday night’s Wildcats make up game against the Montreal Junior, starting at 7pm.

League Commissioner Mark Cohon along with Adriano Belli, defensive tackle with the Toronto Argonauts will be taking part in the official pre-game puck drop, while the Commissioner will be featured in an interview with Les Stoodley in the “More with Les” segment during the first intermission. Adriano will be signing autographs on the mezzanine floor during the second intermission.

Commissioner Cohon and Adriano will be in Moncton to support, “Touchdown Atlantic”, the first ever regular season CFL game to be played in Atlantic Canada on September 26th. The game will feature the Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos.

The Monday night make up game is the first of four the Wildcats will play at home as they wrap-up the 2009-2010 regular season. The PEI Rocket are at the Coliseum on Thursday night at 7pm, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles are the opposition on Friday night. Round 8 of the Rivalry Cup between the Wildcats and Saint John Sea Dogs is set for Sunday night at 8pm and will be carried nationally on Rogers Sportsnet.

The Wildcats are currently #4 in the CHL national rankings. The Saint John Sea Dogs are #2. So, where are the Halifax Mooseheads.........oh yeah, they have already been eliminated from the playoffs!!



Wouldn't it be great if the QMJHL championship final series was an all New Brunswick affair!!
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I have to give the Moncton Wildcats full credit. They have hosted the Memorial Cup and seem to be a well run team. It certainly seems like Moncton is the most progressive city in New Brunswick.

Maybe next year for the Mooseheads.

PS: It is great to see so much enthusiasm in Moncton for the CFL.
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Thanks Fenwick............you know that I'm just teasing you guys

Major junior hockey is quite cyclical, you try to build a contender and then things fall apart for the next few years. The Mooseheads are just at the bottom of the cycle right now. They'll be back.

Having said that, the Wildcats are one of the best franchises in the CHL. Their owner Robert Irving is not shy about investing the money necessary to keep this a premiere franchise in the league. This will be the Wildcats second straight 100 point season!
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There's a big pullout section in the T&T today promoting the IAAF World Junior Track & Field Championships. They made mention of something that I didn't even think about for the new stadium..............

The stadium will boast a large Videotron display screen for results and for showing video replays!! This is really exciting and will really be useful for the upcoming CFL game as well............Just think how this will contribute to the overall atmosphere of the facility!!

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Will Moncton sell out the CFL games (20,000 tickets?). Based on the large concerts that Moncton has hosted, I feel that all 5 games will be sold out.
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Commissioner Cohon in Moncton Today to Announce Further 'Touchdown Atlantic' Details

Canadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon is in Moncton, New Brunswick today to unveil new details about the CFL's Touchdown Atlantic game this Fall.


And as fans who have registered to receive all the latest news about Touchdown Atlantic, we wanted to share it with you first.


Now that the Edmonton Eskimos have been confirmed as the opponents of the 'home team' Toronto Argonauts, the most notable news that will be shared today is ticketing information - specifically pricing and information about a special 24-hour pre-sale opportunity on March 24 that is available to you!


At the news conference, Commissioner Cohon will also reveal that:

Tickets will cost as little as $29, more than half the tickets will cost less than $50, and the best seats in the stands will cost $79 (all prices include 13 per cent HST and are subject to service fees).
The general ticket sale will kick off on March 25.
In order to take advantage of the pre-sale opportunity, you will be receiving a special promo code on March 22. This email will include all the information you will need in order to purchase tickets to the game.

Here is a look at ticket prices and the stadium map:







Commissioner Cohon will also unveil today the logo for the game that our fans have officially dubbed 'Touchdown Atlantic'.

Here is a sneak peek:



Joining Commissioner Cohon at the news conference will be The Honourable Shawn Graham, Premier of New Brunswick, His Worship, George LeBlanc, Mayor City of Moncton and members of the competing teams, including Argos President and CEO Bob Nicholson and defensive lineman Adriano Belli, and Edmonton Eskimo President & CEO Rick LeLacheur and offensive lineman Patrick Kabongo.

Belli and Kabongo will be busy over the next two days, making community and media appearances throughout the region. Both players share in the excitement about receiving the opportunity to play in front of our fans in Atlantic Canada, but come that Sunday afternoon on September 26, it will be all business!

Check out CFL.ca later today for all of the information, including video and photos from the event.
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