There’s a hockey rink in front of the Peace Tower!
Isn’t that where the Saskatchewan Roughriders traditionally practice, on Parliament Hill, when they visit Ottawa?
Now it’s flooded and boarded, complete with blue lines, costing Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars to sit unused 90 per cent of the time. But it’s symbolic of our country, so the rink will remain until two NHL teams schedule an outdoor game there and the whole thing will have to be upgraded.
The Senators apparently play in a nearby suburb, although NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is disappointed with the small crowds and wants them to get a downtown area, closer to Parliament Hill.
Meanwhile, the Redblacks have become a CFL success story, with the custom-built neighbourhood of condos, restaurants and stores surrounding their football stadium in a residential neighbourhood on Bank Street.
It was total chaos, wall-to-wall people, around the football stadium for Sunday’s Grey Cup game. Evidently, you don’t need to be downtown to draw a crowd.