The Ottawa Redblacks are a professional Canadian football team based in Ottawa, Ontario. The team plays in the East Division of the Canadian Football League, starting play in 2014, the Redblacks are the third CFL team to play in the city. The Ottawa Rough Riders, formed in 1876, were a member of the CFL in 1958. A new Ottawa franchise was formed as the Renegades in 2002, the Redblacks won the 2016 Grey Cup Championship, which ended a 40 year Grey Cup championship drought for the City of Ottawa. Inaugural Season,2014 Helmet design, Black background with a saw blade featuring an italicized Rough Riders-style R in the forefront, uniform colours, Red, black and white. The Ottawa Renegades abruptly ceased operations prior to the 2006 CFL season, the league liquidated the Renegades roster in a dispersal draft and placed the Ottawa CFL franchise up for sale, with the intent of eventually returning to the city. On March 25,2008, Jeff Hunt, the owner of the Ontario Hockey Leagues Ottawa 67s spearheaded a group that was awarded a franchise. The team planned to play in 2010, but cracks in the concrete structure in the south stands of Frank Clair Stadium led to the demolition of those stands. The league then set a new date of 2013 for the teams debut, the team and league then announced plans to play at a remodelled Frank Clair Stadium—now called TD Place Stadium—by 2014 if construction remained on schedule. In any event, after lawsuits and delays, the renovations were not completed until 2014. Hosting the Grey Cup is an included in the agreement of franchise ownership. A C$7-million franchise fee was reported to have paid to the CFL. Questions arose about the design in terms of whether or not it could be used by a CFL team in place of the aging Frank Clair Stadium. However, the CFL and MLS groups could not come to any agreement on coordinating their plans, furthermore, municipal officials questioned whether the city could support both CFL and MLS franchises. In April 2009, the staff of the City of Ottawa presented a report to city council on the merits of the soccer stadium, the city held public hearings based on the report, which questioned the necessity of the spending but gave a slight edge to the Lansdowne proposal. Councillors attempted to find out whether the SSE group would support sharing their stadium with a planned CFL franchise, consequently, on April 22,2009, city council chose the Lansdowne proposal over the SSE proposal as its choice for an outdoor stadium. Negotiations were conducted over the several months, leading to an August 26 presentation to council so that it could decide the fate of football in Ottawa in the foreseeable future. On November 12 and 13, council held a debate to discuss what should be done with the area at Lansdowne Park
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Former Lansdowne Park before South side stands were demolished.
The progress of construction at TD Place Stadium; September 27, 2013.