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REDBLACKS likely won't be affected if stadium is late

The 2014 CFL schedule is out Wednesday and the Ottawa REDBLACKS are expected to start their season on the road.

Mayor Jim Watson is adamant that the new field will be ready in time for the football season, despite worries raised by contractors about delays in construction.

But according to one expert, even if it takes a few extra weeks for TD Place to be completed, the team could stand to benefit.

"It's a new environment and a new building, new everything," said Dave Best, a sports business management professor at Algonquin College. "People are pumped and excited about it. A delay's not going to hurt them. In fact, I don't think they did it intentionally, but marketing-wise it's just going to drive the interest level up a little higher, I think."

He said a small delay could see the CFL reshuffle the schedule, meaning the team will play at home for a long stretch later in the season.

"If [the REDBLACKS are] competitive, it's going to be great, because then they get four home games when more people are in Ottawa in the fall," he said. "In the summer, you're competing with cottages and other activities going on, but once the fall comes, that means they're going to be getting four straight home games when they could have been only getting two and two away games."

The REDBLACKS could face a fine if the CFL needs to change its schedule, but they're expected to play the first few games away anyway.

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