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Old August 7th, 2008, 08:38 PM   #1
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Aquilini trying to steal Kerfoot's MLS dream with Swangard Stadium bid?

Looks like 2010 will get an additional Outdoor venue to safely burn the flame cauldron.

I can't see BC Place renovations going ahead if Aquilini gets his way. The Retractable Roof may be dead.

Furthermore, what would happen if the Whitecaps sign a 5 year lease with BC Place but Aquilini wins the MLS team?:

http://www.canada.com/theprovince/news/ ... 2e324d9521

Don't rule out Swangard
Burnaby mayor says redevelopment still an option
Jim Jamieson, The Province
Published: Thursday, August 07, 2008
There has been some scoffing at the notion that a redeveloped Swangard Stadium in Burnaby could be part of a Major League Soccer franchise bid to rival the one announced about two weeks ago by the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Don't count Burnaby mayor Derek Corrigan as one of the naysayers.

"It's a pretty exciting idea," said Corrigan in an interview with The Province. "The attention went off Swangard completely when the decision was made to go downtown with the [waterfront] soccer stadium proposal and no one looked at Burnaby any longer. I think because that's been stalled, that's why people are starting to talk again about whether it could be done at Swangard."


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Font:****It's believed that Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini is seriously considering his own MLS franchise bid and is reportedly looking at Swangard Stadium as a potential venue. Aquilini has declined comment since his interest was first reported about two weeks ago.

Swangard would need to become something akin to the 20,000-seat BMO Field that houses Toronto FC to be attractive to MLS.

Corrigan wouldn't say if he's been approached by anyone proposing to redevelop Swangard, which currently has a capacity of 5,288.

"It's a subject that's been on and off the table for many years, so it's certainly something we would consider if there were any concrete proposals that came forward," said Corrigan. "But it's way too early to say if there is anything there. I'm inclined to look at it as an opportunity for us to be able to expand the stadium. [But] I would never say it could go ahead without consulting with council and with the community."

Corrigan added that a redeveloped Swangard would still have to be capable of holding amateur sporting events, as it does currently.

The Whitecaps' MLS expansion franchise bid is based on their playing in a renovated B.C. Place Stadium with a retractable roof that is scheduled to be ready for the 2011 season. They are close to signing a five-year contract to play there, with the hope that their much-delayed, soccer-specific waterfront stadium will be a reality following that time frame. However, the MLS has said it puts a high value on teams having a soccer-specific stadium -- which is what a revamped Swangard would be.

"We're close to signing a lease with B.C. Place and the waterfront stadium is still a priority for us," said Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi. "Having said that, based on what [Corrigan] said, it's nice to know there's another option out there."

The idea of redeveloping Swangard Stadium has been debated numerous times over the years, but issues such as its location on public land, a dearth of parking and the impact such a large venue would have on nearby residential neighbourhoods are considered to be significant hurdles.

"Of course, we'd want to consult with our community about a project of that magnitude, so we'd need something concrete to talk to them about," said Corrigan. "We know what the MLS is looking for and I know that Swangard could fit the bill. There are a number of issues -- parking is probably the biggest one -- and we'd certainly encourage most people coming to the Stadium to take public transit. We've got the advantage of Patterson SkyTrain station being very close, but it would be nice to see a station at the Telus building to give us direct access.

"There would be some obstacles but we've shown we can overcome obstacles before."

jjamieson@theprovince.com
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Old August 7th, 2008, 10:16 PM   #2
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Again, wrong title.....where does it say in the article that the Swangard expansion is imminent? You're once again misinforming everyone.

Deasine, please edit the title.



Anyhow, i find it completely absurd that Aquilini would try to bid for his own franchise and steal it from Kerfoot and Leonarduzzi.
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Old August 8th, 2008, 02:29 AM   #3
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Could they not build the parking under Swangard? Parking Levels under the field? That would mean a footprint not much larger than present.

More expensive, but it would save the trees.

If Aquilini subsidizes this Stadium, he will get rid of the track. It serves no interest for him.

So that's an interesting theory that JLousa's character Orangevest is proposing: that Aquilini isn't really interested in the MLS team but rather using Swangard as a pawn in the saga of his glorious GM Tower and getting higher density zoning for the area around BC Place.

My character in a pink bikini also has an opinion to share.
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Old August 8th, 2008, 03:15 AM   #4
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great.... *shakes head* and ADD THOSE DAMN TAGS!
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Old August 12th, 2008, 12:55 AM   #5
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I'd like to hear of some design ideas for a 25,000 seat Stadium at Swangard.

I propose they do 2 levels of Underground parking; that would reduce the footprint so they wouldn't have to cut down many trees.

I'd propose a Stadium with open end zones similar to Calgary's McMahon Stadium.
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Old August 12th, 2008, 07:17 AM   #6
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That Flame Cauldron is going to blow up the dome.

Thankfully, Aquilini is building a 25,000 seat Stadium at Swangard so mabey they can burn the flame there.

I like my Yellow Vest.
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Old August 12th, 2008, 09:39 PM   #7
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I think the problem right off the bat with Swangard is that it's a multi-use stadium for Burnaby. Athletics and grid-iron are played there as well. Would Burnaby want to accomodate these sports in a new redesign of Swangard?

If that's the case then this wouldn't go with what MLS wants in an expansion franchise unless they could have the stands move in and out over the end zones and sides. MLS still wants a "soccer" specific stadium first.
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Didn't realize multiple handles were permitted, guess I learn something everyday.
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Old August 13th, 2008, 12:34 AM   #9
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Aquilini's bid may be stronger than Kerfoots'. More money behind it.

And an expanded Swangard may be a better option than just having 8000 fans in a 60,000 seat BC Place.

Mabey Aquilini can bring in bigger stars. Have more International Matches.

So much for David Beckham hot air. I hear the L.A. Galaxy fired G.M. Alexi Lalas.
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Didn't realize multiple handles were permitted, guess I learn something everyday.
Again, as I said on the BC Place forum, I will not tolerate any member having two accounts on the same forum: as stated on the terms and conditions of SSC.
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Quote:
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Aquilini's bid may be stronger than Kerfoots'. More money behind it.

And an expanded Swangard may be a better option than just having 8000 fans in a 60,000 seat BC Place.

Mabey Aquilini can bring in bigger stars. Have more International Matches.

So much for David Beckham hot air. I hear the L.A. Galaxy fired G.M. Alexi Lalas.
Who says Aquilini's bid has more money behind it? (cause it doesn't)
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