After years of discussion, planning, hoping and building, a key portion of the redeveloped Lansdowne opens today.
Mayor Jim Watson, OSEG Chair Roger Greenberg, and TD Bank's senior VP of corporate marketing, Chris Stamper, will take part in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the stadium at 5:30 p.m.
The ceremony will be followed by an open house for season tickets holders, who will finally get the opportunity to see the stadium up close and personal.
Jeff Hunt, the President of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group told CFRA they're proud to finally be at this point - although they still have a few final touches to put on the stadium.
"I make that comparison to a new home, maybe 10 days out, you don't have the carpet installed, quite yet, or you don't have all the lighting fixtures installed, but the base building is up and ready to go," Hunt said. "It's all those little things that will make the difference when we open on July 18th."
"We won't have all of our concessions open," he added about the open house. "We won't have all of the offerings that we're going to have at TD Place available, but I think substantially fans will be able to see what the stadium is going to be like and more importantly maybe go and sit in their seats or sit close to them."
The Redblacks will play their first CFL home game at the stadium July 18th when they host the Toronto Argonauts.
The stadium will be the new home of the Ottawa Redblacks and the Ottawa Fury FC.