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Strong support for new stadium in Ottawa: poll

A new poll suggests most residents in Ottawa support the city contributing money to build new stadiums in the national capital.

OTTAWA — A new poll suggests most residents in Ottawa support the city contributing money to build new stadiums in the national capital.

The Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey says 70 per cent of respondents indicated they would back one or both of the two stadium proposals.

The proposals — one for Kanata and one for Lansdowne Park — come from the majority owners of the capital’s two hockey franchises.

Twenty-nine per cent of respondents indicated they would offer to help fund both the proposals.

Thirty-six per cent only picked one proposal they’d help, with the Lansdowne bid having slightly more traction than the Kanata one.

The telephone survey contacted 501 people between April 4 and April 7 and is considered accurate to plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

“There is broad support among Ottawa residents for building new stadiums in Ottawa, including the idea that the city would contribute financially,” Jeff Walker, senior vice-president of Harris-Decima, said in a release. “Residents are almost equally supportive of the two stadium alternatives.”

Thirty-one per cent of those questioned said they would not back either proposal.

Eugene Melnyk would like a soccer stadium in suburban Kanata, where his Ottawa Senators play their National Hockey League games.

A bid for an expansion franchise for Ottawa in the Major Soccer League recently failed.

Jeff Hunt is the majority owner of junior hockey’s Ottawa 67’s and leads a group that has been promised a Canadian Football League franchise.

The 67’s play at the Ottawa Civic Centre, built beneath the north stands at aging Frank Clair Stadium at Lansdowne Park, which hosted the city’s previous CFL franchises.

The stadium’s south stands were demolished after being found structurally unsafe, so money would have to be spent on bringing the building up-to-date, should the city favour the Lansdowne Park proposal.

 
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