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City appealing $2.24 million decision in soccer dome arbitration

The City of Ottawa is in hot water after an arbitrator ruled in the relocation of a soccer dome.

The City says it will appeal the ruling that it must pay $2.24 million to Coliseum Inc. for breaking a contract to relocate the soccer stadium from Lansdowne Park.

This is only part of the $6.5 million Coliseum sued for after it was forced to move its dome from Frank Clair Stadium because of the Lansdowne redevelopment project.

City officials agreed to help Coliseum relocate the dome to a University of Ottawa field but the plan fell apart when the field at the school was deemed unfit just days before it was supposed to go up in the fall of 2012. As a result, the 2012/2013 indoor soccer season was cancelled for thousands of players.

The arbitrator decision came Wednesday in a 157-page document. The city wants to hold off on the settlement until the appeal process is complete.

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