What Fans Can Expect on July 18 First Game at TD Place & Lansdowne Park

The Ottawa Redblacks have become the hottest ticket in town, over 16,000 season tickets have been sold and still on the rise. That is 4,000 more than the high-water mark for the failed Ottawa Renegades franchise

TD Place opens up for the first RedBlacks game on July 18 after $290-million redevelopment. With 1,100 workers busy on the site, the stadium will be ready in time for kick-off.

Here are some the highlights of what fans can expect on July 18:

  • The exterior of the new shops will be done, but they’ll be empty.
  • OSEG has some plans to be able to create some pre-game entertainment and welcome fans in the retail area, however, the retailers themselves are not going to be open until the fall.
  • There will be music outside in the retail area before and after games, But if people are looking for food or drinks before or after the game, they can head to Bank Street.
  • The park, with its large field almost the size of the lawn in front of Parliament Hill won’t quite be ready.
  • The hard-surface plaza with trees and benches in front of the Aberdeen Pavilion will be open on game day, but the “great lawn” won’t be open until August.
  • The park will eventually have a play area,  a skateboard park, outdoor refrigerated ice rink and an apple orchard, but the whole thing won’t be finished and polished up until next year.
  • There will be 800 trees planted. Six different varieties of apple trees will be planted in the orchard in the centre of the shuttle bus drop-off near the east side of the site.
  • OSEG is starting to book some indoor concerts in the arena for the fall, when the 67’s return in October. The site will probably come alive in terms of more outdoor events sometime next year, in 2015.
  • Also in 2015, people will begin moving into the 285 condo units Minto is building at Lansdowne. Minto is reporting the units are selling well and are about 80 per cent presold.

OSEG also announced the following Lansdowne park businesses: Whole Foods, GoodLife Fitness, Sporting Life, Cineplex, JOEY restaurant, South St. Burger Company, Local Lounge and Grill and Milestones.

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