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Watson: TD Place will be CFL ready by July

The Ottawa REDBLACKS may have their QB, but will they have their stadium in time for the upcoming season?

Mayor Jim Watson is insisting that the football stadium at Lansdowne Park will be ready for kickoff by mid-July, but at least one contractor involved in the project says that timeline isn't realistic.

There is still a lot of work to be done on the site and crews have five and a half months to get TD Place (formerly known as Frank Clair stadium) ready.

One contractors involved in the project says certain work that was supposed to be started in November and completed this month is just getting underway.

But Mayor Jim Watson said he gets briefed weekly and any reports of delays are not true.

"I have every confidence in what I have read and what I've been told and I expect to hear the same thing later today that the project is on time," said Watson.

Watson insisted that while the frigid temperatures may have slowed down outside work, workers are making up ground by completing indoor tasks, like painting the dressing rooms.

"I asked the same question: 'Boy, nothing seems to be different than two weeks before,' but in fact, there are close to 700 people on the site and they adjust the work schedule based on snow and cold weather and so on and I'm fully confident that we'll be seeing the kickoff in mid-July."

The REDBLACKS announced Tuesday they had signed 38-year-old Henry Burris as their starting quarterback.

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