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Fingon
Jul 28th, 2002, 02:19 AM
Apparently the project is in an advanced stage and it will be ready to host the 2004 men's tournament.

It will be located in York University but it will be in another location within the Campus and will be a permanent stadium.

They will use Key Biscayne as a model and it's quite big.

Main stadium: 12,500 seats
court 1: 5,000 seats
court 2: 2,000 seats.

It will have 12 more outdoor courts and 8 indoor.

If will have offices, meeting rooms and other facilities.

With 15 courts they nearly could host a GS there, I think they will probably try to get a 10 days event like IW or Miami.

Crazy Canuck
Jul 28th, 2002, 02:23 AM
I sure hope so!

Thanks for the info - its about time that they did something like that in TOronto, the current site is the pits!

At least when compared to the Montreal site.

Hulet
Jul 28th, 2002, 02:33 AM
pfff... the city can't pay for the wage of its garbage collectors, but all of a sudden has money for a new tennis venue.

Fingon
Jul 28th, 2002, 02:35 AM
Originally posted by eta psi
pfff... the city can't pay for the wage of its garbage collectors, but all of a sudden has money for a new tennis venue.

excuse me???

First, the problem with the garbage collectors wasn't the wages but job security.

second, what does the city of Toronto have to do with this? do you know how much money the city puts in this projects? 0, zero, nil, nothing, it has nothing to do.

It's Tennis Canada, sponsors and the Government of Ontario.

Toronto doesn't pay for everything that happens in Toronto did you know?

Crazy Canuck
Jul 28th, 2002, 02:41 AM
ew, that whole garbage thing was pretty gross :o But what does it have to do with this?

The bigger the tournament in Toronto gets, then the better for tennis in canada, and for me :p

I just hope that i won't be paying immensly for it on my ticket stub...

treufreund
Jul 28th, 2002, 06:23 AM
That's cool. I think Cincinnati is also going to eventually do a major rehaul of its biggest stadium and facilities in general so that they don't lose their tournament. Could still lose it anyway if Cincy doesn't prove to be a big enough market. One of the problems is that Indianapolis is played the following week and the two tournaments kind of compete for fans.

Williams Rulez
Jul 28th, 2002, 08:05 AM
Wow... that is gonna cost so much... that's really great, but why do they need so many courts? :eek:

Is it gonna have other uses other than hosting an annual tennis event? I mean, if it has no other use, than this is really extravagant...

mboyle
Jul 28th, 2002, 04:05 PM
I hope that the women's and men's tournaments get joined into one like IW or Miami! Cincinnati needs to be replaced by Chigaco or something like that because it is not a huge market and Chicago is. The stadium sounds HUGE!

Crazy Canuck
Jul 28th, 2002, 04:20 PM
Williams Rulez - it is the National Tennis Center, which right now is a total joke since the Montreal venue is a LOT bigger and much nicer.

There is a market for it up here though, because its the only big tennis tournament we get in Canada.

Crazy Canuck
Jul 28th, 2002, 04:21 PM
I am curious about the combining of events though - would they still switch between Montreal and Toronto then?

I would assume so... Montreal as I said, was the nicer facility and was full of fans even by round two.

Fingon
Jul 29th, 2002, 01:01 AM
The total cost, according to Tennis Canada is around 40 million dollars (Canadian), that's a little more than 25 million US dollars.

I don't know what they are thinking by making it so big, I believe that few courts in the world have 12,500 seats.
They will have 15 outdoor courts, I believe the GSs have around 19.

they are not planning to use the indoor courts for the tournament, but for practice and stuff like that, I guess they could use them when it rains though (it's probably cheaper to build another stadium than a retractable roof, as Toronto painfully learned with the Skydome).

No idea about what they will do, if they will use it for other activities or not.