Ottawa Expansion Bid Hit Hard

Ottawa Expansion Bid Hit Hard

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 7, 2009
  • 4 Comments
  • Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Ottawa Expansion

Those in Canada (and maybe here in the US for all I know) hoping to see another weird location in MLS might have to pick a new location to follow as the Ottawa expansion bid may have been given the death sentence yesterday.

According to the Ottawa Sun, Ottawa city staff’s evaluation of two major stadium proposals favors Lansdowne Live over the potential bid by Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

The city deems Melnyk’s business plan “below expectations.”

The report says Senators Sports and Entertainment “was deemed not to have satisfied this criteria (business plan).”

It says that the revenues expected from their plan were too optimistic.

A tough blow to this bid indeed. It doesn’t mean it is totally dead but it sounds like it isn’t far off from being the case. Its not like any of us really expected this to be a MLS city in the end anyways.

  • jimmy

    i wouldnt take this as the end for one thing the ottawa sun is own n ran by huge american football fans. that being said i think that the sun is even owned by a merder of the landsdown group. they have done nothing but try hurt the hopes of soccer in the city. at that note i know the city looked at all the stadium request and deem the soccer one at number 6 and the american football one at frank clair as number 7.(1 to 5 where just ramdone request that wouldnt have a team so they woudnt be taken)

  • jimmy

    i wouldnt take this as the end for one thing the ottawa sun is own n ran by huge american football fans. that being said i think that the sun is even owned by a merder of the landsdown group. they have done nothing but try hurt the hopes of soccer in the city. at that note i know the city looked at all the stadium request and deem the soccer one at number 6 and the american football one at frank clair as number 7.(1 to 5 where just ramdone request that wouldnt have a team so they woudnt be taken)

  • ros

    Disclaimer: I live nowhere near Ottawa (in fact in Sounders country)<br />
    All you do is crap on Ottawa as a possible expansion franchise. Columbus? Salt Lake City? The Capital region is the same size as these two cities and is within a 3 hour drive of over 12 million people.<br />
    Soccer is a part of the culture and is not some 4th or 5th tier sport in this region.<br />
    What is happening is two groups are fighting for government money. The local press is selling it as CFL or MLS. Both groups have stated they want both and control of both.<br />
    There is a reason Garber is so keen on this market. I'm sure they would have no problem attracting larger crowds than Dallas. <br />
    Maybe they should move.

  • ros

    Disclaimer: I live nowhere near Ottawa (in fact in Sounders country)
    All you do is crap on Ottawa as a possible expansion franchise. Columbus? Salt Lake City? The Capital region is the same size as these two cities and is within a 3 hour drive of over 12 million people.
    Soccer is a part of the culture and is not some 4th or 5th tier sport in this region.
    What is happening is two groups are fighting for government money. The local press is selling it as CFL or MLS. Both groups have stated they want both and control of both.
    There is a reason Garber is so keen on this market. I’m sure they would have no problem attracting larger crowds than Dallas.
    Maybe they should move.