FAQs: Sports & Events

Last updated on 9 July 2014

When will the CFL return to Lansdowne?
The new Canadian Football League franchise, the Ottawa RedBlacks, will play its first home game at TD Place on Friday, July 18, 2014.

Will the stadium be ready in time for Ottawa to host the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament in 2015 and the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in 2014?

The project team was aiming to have the stadium fully operational for the 2014 CFL and North American Soccer League (NASL) seasons and the upcoming FIFA soccer events. However, because OSEG is behind schedule, the City has decided to withdraw as a potential host city for the U-20 tournament and to concentrate on the 2015 FIFA tournament. Please note that the delays are only partially a result of the legal battles surrounding Lansdowne. Design work and approvals have taken much longer than forecast.

What's happening to the Ottawa 67's?
Ottawa's Ontario Hockey League team will be playing at Scotiabank Place in Kanata until the Civic Centre has been renovated.

How many major events can we expect at Lansdowne every year?
The City of Ottawa estimates the number of events as follows:

  • Very large events (40,000): Once a year or less
  • CFL games (18,000-25,000): 10 to 12 per year (typically averaging 18,000 attendees per game)
  • Concerts (10,000-15,000): 6 per year
  • Ontario Hockey League games (5,000-10,000): 35 to 40 per year

Will trade shows and exhibitions continue to be hosted at Lansdowne?
Most trade shows and exhibitions have moved to the new CE Centre near the airport. Although the Aberdeen Pavilion will be used for various programming and might provide opportunities for exhibitions, the CE Centre will be the main venue for such events from now on.

Who can use the above-ground parking spots during large events (10,000 people or more)?
Surface spaces are intended for short-term convenience parking, Para-Transpo, taxis and drop-off/pick-up. As the scale of events increases, vehicular access into the mixed-use area will be limited, and no vehicles will be permitted for very large events, with the exception of authorized service vehicles such as ambulances, taxis and Para-Transpo.

How many underground parking spaces will be available for major events?
The City’s transportation studies assume that 500 to 600 spaces will be available to event patrons, who will be required to purchase an on-site parking pass in advance. Event patrons without a pre-purchased parking pass would not be able to park on site.

RedBlacks season ticket holders will have access to on-site parking.

Where will other people park for major events?
Shuttle service from the Carleton University, Canada Post Place, the RA Centre and Vincent Massey Park parking lots will be provided for events with 15,000 or more attendees (less than 20 times per year, according to City projections).

For events with more than 25,000 attendees, there will be additional shuttle services from other parking lots, such as Ottawa City Hall and the CE Centre.

Will there be secure parking for bicycles for major events?
Secure parking for 1,000 bikes will be provided on the east side of the site for major events, with access from Queen Elizabeth Dr.

Will there be any changes to transit service for major events?
During special events, OC Transpo will offer supplemental service on route 1 travelling between the Rideau Centre, Billings Bridge and Hurdman Station in both directions, although the regular pattern of route 1 to South Keys would also continue to operate.

The frequency of routes 1 and 7 will also be increased on event days.

Will there be buses on Fifth Ave. on event days?
Yes, the City plans to run shuttle buses on Fifth, but only for events with at least 15,000 attendees (according to the City’s plans, that should be fewer than 20 times per year).

If you don’t find the information you need on these pages, please visit ottawa.ca/newlansdowne, or to contact the City directly by email at newlansdowne@ottawa.caor by calling 3-1-1 (press 1 for English, then 5 for the Lansdowne line). If necessary, you may also contact the project manager, Marco Manconi, at 613-580-2424 ext. 43229, or by email.