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    Gee-Gees Field shares its Lees Av. site with five old buildings which uOttawa inherited from Algonquin College. In September major activity started on the site. All five buildings were supposed to be retrofitted, but now uOttawa has decided to tear down three of them and build a modern five story building for the Faculty of Health Sciences. The remaining two old buildings will be retrofitted. The Gee-Gees dressing rooms, coaches offices meeting rooms are housed in a building closest to the field.

    The current construction schedule indicates that the above rooms will be inacessible in the autumn of 2021 and thus the Gee-Gees will not be able to play there. The rumour is that uOttawa will try to make a deal with OSEG to have the team play at TDPlace.Hopefully, the construction will be completed on time and the team can return to Gee-Gees field for the 2022 season.

    A rendering of the new building:

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    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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    Does this mean upon completion when you enter those buildings it won't seem like a million degrees anymore like you're in the depths of hell?


    Surprised they aren't just going to put a couple sea cans up and tell them to use those as locker rooms.
    2019: 10 weeks, 17 games, 6,587kms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chappy View Post
    Does this mean upon completion when you enter those buildings it won't seem like a million degrees anymore like you're in the depths of hell?


    Surprised they aren't just going to put a couple sea cans up and tell them to use those as locker rooms.
    I sure hope the new building will be a lot better than those old Algonquin College hand -me-downs. It costs a lot. For a decade it has been said that The Faculty of Health Sciences needed new digs and the Lees was a good place to put them. Finally it is happening. It is part of a three prong effort. Soon, probably in 2021, uOttawa will start to build a new 250,000 square foot Medical Research Building at the Hospital Campus in Alta Vista. It is a partnership among uOttawa,The Ottawa Hospital,The Federal Gov't, and private enterprises that do research in health and medicine. The third prong is upgrades and expansion of the Faculty Of Medicine building which is also in Alta Vista. A big investment in Health Science and Medical teaching and research in Ottawa. uOttawa has floated a $300 million dollars debenture for these projects. The rest to come from govenment, grants , and private sources.

    I have wondered about temporary and portable dressing rooms, but there may be reasons why that is not feasible. Stay tuned though, things can evolve and change.
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    Okay ---maybe uOttawa will find a way to use Gee-Gees Field in 2021. They are looking into it.

    In the meantime the former Iranian Cultural Centre site has been sold for 26.5 miilion dollars to a Montreal developer. It is between the Sandy Hill Arena ,where uOttawa hopes to build a new athletic complex someday and Lees Av where Gee-Gees Field is. The building has been torn down and the purchaser proposes to build a huge development , some of which will likely be student residences.

    Here it is:



    Note the green area between Lees and Robinson Avenues is owned by uOttawa.
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    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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    Here is a better rendering of what the new Health Sciences Building at Lees will look like. Still no verification that the football facilities will be adversally affected for the 2021 season.

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    May I suggest a return to that farmer’s field in the middle of nowhere near Carleton place.....I hear it’s come a long way since 2012......might as well bring back Etch and the Double. Wing too!
    2019: 10 weeks, 17 games, 6,587kms.
    2018: 11 weeks, 17 games, 7,952kms. (preseason incl.)
    2017: 12 weeks, 21 games, 9,675kms. (preseason incl.)
    2016: 14 weeks, 18 games, 9,791kms. (preseason incl.)
    2015: 11 weeks, 16 games, 6,247kms.
    .......
    2009: 12 weeks, 19 games, 11,063kms.
    2008: 12 weeks, 19 games, 6,191kms.
    2007: 11 weeks, 18 games and 7,531kms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chappy View Post
    May I suggest a return to that farmerís field in the middle of nowhere near Carleton place.....I hear itís come a long way since 2012......might as well bring back Etch and the Double. Wing too!
    This long football hiatus has given very little to write about here on .org, so why not revisit 2012!!

    CoachMB has shown us what his O will look like via a Zoom call. I will not be a spoiler and say anything about it other than it is not Etch's or JB's either.

    The construction project at Lees is so far behind schedule that I am thinking that it probably will not impact on the 2021 season . Maybe 2022.

    Let us all get vacccinated so that the powers-that-be lets us attend games.

    So what is happening with Laurier football chappy??
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    I’ve been somewhat out of the loop.

    From what I have heard a very good incoming recruiting class....the new health wellness etc centre w new stadium etc pushed back due to COVID, government basically saying nothing happening till this is over.

    Mock ups looked good, but it’s been so long (that was last March) I barely remember them.

    A strong focus on building relationships, a speaker series bringing many football alum back, #beyond February acknowledging black student athletes in program history....new one the 29th of each month.
    2019: 10 weeks, 17 games, 6,587kms.
    2018: 11 weeks, 17 games, 7,952kms. (preseason incl.)
    2017: 12 weeks, 21 games, 9,675kms. (preseason incl.)
    2016: 14 weeks, 18 games, 9,791kms. (preseason incl.)
    2015: 11 weeks, 16 games, 6,247kms.
    .......
    2009: 12 weeks, 19 games, 11,063kms.
    2008: 12 weeks, 19 games, 6,191kms.
    2007: 11 weeks, 18 games and 7,531kms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chappy View Post
    Surprised they aren't just going to put a couple sea cans up and tell them to use those as locker rooms.
    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.
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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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ottawafan View Post
    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.
    I wonder if it would be possible for Univ. of Ottawa and the OSEG to arrange a combined season pass or something like that if they would try to arrange for a season at TDPlace. Would be good way to increase attendance and attention to the Gee-Gees football.
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    Ultimately it was a great thing for the city of Ottawa that half of their football stadium was condemend and demolihed. Before that happened, Ottawa's CFL teams had the worst lease in the league, and amateur sports had a heck of a time working with facility management.

    The need to rebuild it presented an opportuntiy to get a better management group in place. The finances of the place are still an issue, but at least they aren't hostile to tennants anymore.

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    It is now official this season. The Gee-Gees will play at TD Place. The team will still practice at Gee-Gees Field and use the offices and meeting rooms inside the adjacent building. It looks like the issue is not about no dressing rooms for visiting teams. Rather it is that the field will not be accessible to fans. They would have to pass through what will be a construction site. They do not want hundreds of peeps doing that because of safety and liability issues. So, off to TDPlace they go.
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