Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Some Questions For Ottawa's Soccer Plan
Ottawa Citizen, September 18th, 2008 2:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

When Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk undertakes a project, you'd hate to bet against a man with "deep pockets, an acute sports marketing acumen, plus energy and creativity," says an editorial in the Ottawa Citizen. That's why there's "a very good chance" that his plan to bring Major League Soccer to the Canadian city will succeed.
 
Still, there are questions about his plan to have a future Ottawa soccer team playing at a 30,000-capacity stadium in Kanata near Scotiabank Place: "Smart-growth planning principles would lead one to suggest that the stadium would be better located downtown to make use of existing services. And in a high-cost petroleum universe, not to mention its environmental inter-relationship, that long drive to Kanata is a bit problematic."
 
The paper also wonders if the Ottawa sports market, "thin gruel at the best of times," can support another team. "The football Rough Riders/Renegades couldn't find enough support in the community. The baseball Lynx can now be found roaming a diamond in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The jury is out on the Rapidz [base]ball team." There is also the question of  the existing Lansdowne Park "and the proposed new Canadian Football League franchise. One wonders if Ottawa can support or needs two major outdoor venues."
 
Melnyk's MLS bid creates as many questions as it answers, "but when it is all said done," concludes the editorial, "we wish the entrepreneur great success with his quest. Soccer could be a lot of fun."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Florida star Jordan exceeds expectations    
Savannah Jordan was the 2013 Soccer America Freshman of the Year and played for the USA ...
Reports: Bale to Miss Crucial Week for Real     
According to reports on Monday, Gareth Bale will miss a crucial week for Real Madrid after ...
Injured Lampard to Miss City's Trip to CSKA    
Frank Lampard was carried off on a stretcher as Manchester City beat Tottenham 4-1 at the ...
Report: Shakhtar Stadium Damaged in Ukraine War    
Shakhtar Donetsk's Donbass Arena suffered serious damage from gunfire on Monday despite the recent ceasefire agreed ...
Mourinho Swipes at National Team Coaches    
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho took a swipe at Spain coach Vicente del Bosque on Monday, by ...
Bundesliga: Heaven for Bayern, Hell for BVB    
Pep Guardiola once again lavished high praise on Philipp Lahm after the Bayern Munich veteran put ...
Enrique Dismisses Messi Substitution Row     
Did Lionel Messi refuse to be taken off during Barcelona's 3-0 win against Eibar? No matter ...
Hart: Aguero "Useless" in Practice Sessions    
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City's four-goal hero against Tottenham on Saturday, is apparently "useless" at times during ...
Arena: 'We Need to Start Focusing on Playing'    
Bruce Arena suggested that Landon Donovan's long MLS goodbye has become a distraction following the Los ...
Platini: Blatter No Longer Serves Soccer    
UEFA President Michel Platini on Friday launched perhaps his most scathing criticism of FIFA President Sepp ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives