SBD/August 15, 2014/Franchises

CFL Argonauts Could Need Alternative Venue To Rogers Centre If Blue Jays Make Playoffs

The CFL Argonauts "could be kicked out of the Rogers Centre for a few home games" if the Blue Jays make the playoffs, according to Curtis Rush of the TORONTO STAR. The Argos have four home games in October, which is an "unusual number." As part of the lease agreement with Rogers Centre, which expires at the end of the '17 CFL season, the Blue Jays have "priority in selecting dates." Argos Exec Chair & CEO Chris Rudge is "working with the baseball team on contingency plans and with the CFL on a range of options." The "best-case scenario" would be moving a game to "another night of the week." The Argos have "investigated BMO Field," but the MLS venue is "unsuitable because the field and end zones are too short." A "worst-case scenario" is that the club could be "forced to play a 'home' game on the road." Another possibility is for the Argos to "play at the new Tim Hortons Field" in Hamilton, Ontario, if a "revenue-sharing agreement could be reached." Rush noted when the Blue Jays won back-to-back World Series titles in '92 and '93, there was "no conflict" (TORONTO STAR, 8/14).
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