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SBD/March 22, 2012/Franchises
Published March 22, 2012
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE: In Toronto, Frank Zicarelli noted CFL Toronto Argonauts Exec Chair & CEO Chris Rudge “was adamant that Rogers Centre can once again serve as a vibrant football venue.” Rudge admitted that the team “needs to draw an average of 25,000 paid tickets per game this season to break even.” The team last year “had a paid average of 15,000.” Rudge “speaks regularly” with Blue Jays President & CEO Paul Beeston as “the two try to hash out a new lease deal at Rogers Centre.” Zicarelli wrote what is necessary for the Argonauts “is a full-time, state of the art practice facility, an issue Rudge raised but could only say the team recognizes the need for a facility and is working to establish one” (TORONTO SUN, 3/19).