Volume 94, Issue 7


NEWS

Student killed in accident

"O" what a successful week

J.W. Little struck by ENG 04 graffiti

Name on time, but field a little late

Students bring the big bucks to town

All's quiet on the Western front

Just when you thought you could have safe sex

Briefs

CUPE taking on Harris' Tories

New campaign seeks $270 million

Planet Me

Name on time, but field a little late

By Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff



Western's new TD Waterhouse Stadium recently enjoyed its grand opening and the London community was finally given a sneak preview of the centre-piece for the upcoming 2001 Canada Summer Games.

Over four thousand people turned out for the carnival-esque celebration which featured fireworks, a barbecue, live entertainment and speeches from all the partners in the project.

"Our team at Queen's park is proud to be contributing three million dollars to the Canada Summer Games to update existing facilities and to build new ones like this stadium," said Ontario Premier Mike Harris. "All those dollars really come from you. They are the taxpayers' dollars and we are proud to see them so wisely invested here at Western."

London Mayor Dianne Haskett said she was equally pleased with the new stadium. "London has now become a magnet for sports tourism," she said.

Haskett also stressed the economic benefits of bringing the games to London. "Tens of millions will be brought into this city and region in addition to the tremendous legacy of facilities prepared for the games such as the TD Waterhouse Stadium."

"The thing I like best about this stadium is it's a community facility," said Western president Paul Davenport. "It will bring the community to the Western campus. In addition to sports, I wouldn't be surprised if concerts and other outdoor activities were also held here."

Davenport explained the new stadium opens up ten acres of land in the centre of campus for new construction. Currently, the space is occupied by J.W. Little Stadium. "Eventually, when it comes time to build, we'll be able to maintain a coherent campus core. The new buildings will be at a prime central location."

"The stadium will also be good for recruitment," Davenport added. "The games will bring national attention to the Western campus and to the Western name."

However, despite the rave reviews for the finished project, the stadium did suffer numerous stumbling blocks during its construction.

Morris Demaiter, vice-president of Norlon Builders, the firm that handled the construction, said the stadium will be ready for the Western football team's home opener on Sept. 16. He further explained his company was about four weeks behind in its building schedule due to an unpredictable summer.

"The main thing that delayed us were the weather conditions," Demaiter said. "They made it highly difficult for us to put in both the track and the Astroturf.

Demaiter stressed there was never any panic over completion. "We came out of the winter where we wanted to be," he said. "May, June and July just gave us a minor set-back."

"We're set to go," said TD Waterhouse Stadium manager Tony Brenner. "There are some minor things to finish, but we're ready to have a game in this facility."

"This is more than just a building," Harris explained at the opening ceremonies. "The TD Waterhouse Stadium is a place where dreams will come true."




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