Ottawa is headed toward a June 23 city council vote on whether to build a new football-and-soccer stadium as part of an overhaul of Lansdowne Park, and now it has a design for the new park, which includes lots of cedar and “laminar space.” Architect Rob Claiborne says he can do this while coming in under the stadium’s $85 million budget, which sounds crazy cheap by U.S. stadium standards, but they do do things different up in Canada.
The whole park project is budgeted at $129 million, but that’s still drawn criticism that it’s too much public money to benefit a private team. (The team itself would likely be an as-yet-unnamed expansion team, as Ottawa has been without a CFL team since the Renegades folded in 2006.) Carleton University professor Ian Lee even has a YouTube video out making the case against it, complete with jump cuts and focus shifts and all the other gimmicks the kids today love. (Sadly, though, no Kimya Dawson soundtrack.)