Volume 93, Issue 6

Friday, June 18, 1999


Stadium plans jump out of starting block

Bank CEO sparks protest at Toronto U

If scholarship's not Scottish, it's crap!

Cracks in program may plague Registrar's office

Police make arrest in Drink investigation

Study says veggies can't beat meat



Caught on campus

Caught on campus again

Stadium plans jump out of starting block

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

The design plans for Western's new stadium were unveiled yesterday, setting the stage for the 2001 Canada Summer Games to be held in London.

Ted Garrard, Western's VP-external, said with a construction budget of $10 million, the new stadium promises to provide a state-of-the-art facility, boasting an eight lane standard international track, artificial turf, lighting and a concession area complete with a two story media centre.

Garrard also said while the stadium will have a permanent seating capacity of 8,000, more seats will be added for its role in the summer games. "If we need to, capacity at the stadium could be increased to 25,000," he said.

Although the stadium has yet to be named, Garrard said this would be decided after construction gets underway in September. "[Interested parties] will have the opportunity to name the stadium for $2.5 million," he said.

Phil Bowman, co-chair of the 2001 London Alliance Host Society, said he was excited about the unveiling of the stadium plans. "I think it's a great facility. It meets all our requirements for the games."

Bowman added the city is undertaking several other projects, such as refurbishing the London Aquatic Centre, in preparation for the games which will run from August 11-25.

Bill Ruth, co-owner of Architects, Tillman, Ruth, Mocellin, who are a part of the stadium's design team, said this was a big day for Western. "The stadium is certainly giving people a message and image of what Western stands for," he said.

Ruth added the new stadium, to be built in the Huron Flats behind Essex Hall, will enhance the surrounding area while providing another Western landmark.

Anne Marie DeCicco, London's deputy mayor, said she was also excited about the new stadium and it's place in the city's history. "It's a big thing. Obviously, we're looking at a state-of-the-art building," she said.

DeCicco added the stadium will prove to be a great asset for Western and the entire community. "Because of the partnership between the university and the city, the stadium will be a valuable resource the community is going to benefit from," she said.

Susan Bentley, president of the Broughdale Community Association, said although she initially had some environmental concerns about the location of the stadium, she had no problems with the addition of the new facility. "My feeling was it was too close to the river," she said, adding she was troubled by the prospect of excessive noise and traffic from stadium events.

Greg Moran, Western's acting president, said J.W. Little Stadium will eventually be torn down, but only after the new stadium is up and running. "We can't afford to maintain two stadiums."

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