Redblacks have first practice at TD Place

The Ottawa Redblacks have their first practice at TD Place underneath an incomplete condo tower at Lansdowne Park.
Cassie Aylward

The sounds of drills, cranes, and dump trucks filled the air as the Ottawa Redblacks had their first practice at TD Place Friday morning.

The football stadium, formerly called Frank Clair Stadium, isn't quite finished yet, but is scheduled to be finished before the Redblacks' home opener on July 18.

Rick Campbell, head coach, says he's confident the revamped TD place will be a "great setting" for fans and players alike.

"This is another big step today to be able to come out in our own home and practice," he says.

Linebacker Kevin Scott is from Ottawa, and says being on the field at Lansdowne Park is a dream come true.

"It was always my dream to play professional football and it was always my dream to play for Ottawa," he said.  "Sometimes you lose sight of all the work you put in to get to where you are and this takes you back a little bit."

Defensive lineman Justin Phillips, also grew up in Ottawa and calls playing for Ottawa surreal.

"I remember coming to see the Renegades play the Argos.  I think the Renegades lost by about 20 points," he said with a laugh.  "So it wasn't a very positive experience in terms of a football standpoint, but just to have the CFL back in the city is going to be special."

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