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    Quote Originally Posted by peter.gryphon View Post
    Assuming there wouldn't any running water, those seacans would be as good as the facilities uOttawa provided to visiting teams when old Lansdowne Park was their home field.
    Ahh--the good old days!!!

    In those final years at Frank Clair stadium the City of Ottawa ran things and UOttawa complained about having just about all decisions taken out of their hands. Those trailer things were just one decision that the Gee-Gees did not like but the City facilities management imposed them rather than coming up with better solutions. Control of advertising revenue was another sore point. The City controlled all signage and the Gee-Gees could not put up advertising signage from their sponsors. You paid the rental fee,showed up for the games and accepted the facilities that the City provided there. Take it or leave it, no negotiations.

    The good thing about it was that difficulty dealing with the city management in those last years at Frank Clair gave the sports people at uOttawa impetus to get the university to provide campus facilities. They got the message that they needed to control their own show. So after years of just talking about it, they finally got it done.

    Then TDPlace was opened and management of the stadium passed to OSEG. The universties have gotten along much better with OSEG then they did with the City and the very succesful Panda Game, rivalry games in hockey and basketball, M&W national basketball tournaments have resulted. Based on past history, it is doubtful these things would have happened if the unis had to deal directly with City of Ottawa management.
    The sharing of costs and revenues, advertising etc have been worked out.

    The flack the Gees-Gees got over those trailers(it is being brought up 10 years later) is why I think that if the Gee-Gees lose some facilities at Lees due to the construction project, they would try to arrange for a season at TDPlace rather than bring in inadequate trailers.
    Last edited by ottawafan; 2021-06-05 at 09:06.
    Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa adopted its official colours Garnet and Grey, and like many nineteenth-century institutions, the athletics teams were known only by the school's colours. Eventually, a connection was made between the shorthand "GGs" and "Gee-Gee", the common British nickname for a racehorse. The unique Gee-Gees name and iconic logo known today is a result of 170 years of history in Ottawa

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