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Lansdowne won't work for soccer in Ottawa


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Great link and thanks. There's more BS, pathetic city politics, marketing and smoke and mirrors around the whole development than an American invasion. And as Mr. Radnor adeptly points out, a real shortage of soccer participation. Even with the Delta complex implosion the Whitecaps are very, very good at this. It's a shame to see soccer take the same old backseat as always in the city. It's like no one's learned anything in decades.

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From the picture I have seen of the stadium, the stands look closer to the pitch than in many stadiums with a running track. The author of this article seems to conveniently forget that an awful lot of European stadiums have running tracks. While I prefer SSS with the pitch near the stands like any soccer fan, the fact is that we are going to have to share a number of stadiums in this country at least until soccer gets far more popular than it is. Even the old Landsdowne was a pretty decent soccer stadium and I think the new one does a pretty decent job of accomodating soccer given that it will be a multi-sport stadium. We can't expect every city in Canada to have an EPL style stadium. I also wonder how many Canadian soccer games the author of this letter has attended because he certainly gives the impression of a Saturday morning EPL fan who doesn't know much about Canadian soccer.

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^ agreed. He obviously didn't attend the U-20 World Cup games. I was at a bunch and although not ideal, Landsdowne was a good host. I've traveled through out England watching games and not all the stadiums over there are great. I was at Hillsborough in Sheffield in 1996 when they were still in the EPL and any new stadium at Landsdowne would be a step up from that place. As long as I have a seat, a beer and a game to watch I'm happy.

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