Say goodbye to Frank Clair Stadium's roof

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By David Reevely, Ottawa Citizen

OTTAWA — Contractors are about to start cutting into the metal ribs over Frank Clair Stadium's north-side stands, the city said in a note to nearby residents Monday morning.

As part of the renovation of Lansdowne Park, the vast metal awning over the stands is being cut back 14 metres (about 45 feet) to make the stadium more symmetrical and also because there were concerns about the girders' ability to support all the snow that accumulates up there. It's a two-week project, assuming the weather is suitable — it'll take longer if not.

The note, one of many regular updates the city sends to those directly affected by the construction work at Lansdowne, also says more trees are to be cut down imminently. "As planned, there are a few trees on Bank Street, between the main Lansdowne gate and the Bank Street Bridge that will be removed next week," the note says. "Once construction of the new residential building at this corner is complete, landscaping including new trees will be reinstated."

The renovations to Frank Clair Stadium are supposed to be substantially finished by the end of this year so the place can be ready for Canadian Football League team to play in a season that begins in summer 2014.

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