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OSEG's president looking forward to busy year ahead

The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group said it has been a couple of tough years, but upcoming sports events will be sure to draw in bigger crowds.
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OSEG revealed plans for Lansdowne 2.0.

It's been a rough couple of years for the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), especially with COVID-19 restrictions holding back sports fans. But now, future sports events are bringing back crowds once again. 

Mark Goudie, president and chief executive officer of OSEG tells Wake Up With Rob Snow, on Friday, March 17, that with the upcoming season for Atlético Ottawa and the Ottawa BlackJacks, he couldn't be more thrilled with what's ahead.

"We are getting back to doing what we were doing before," said Goudie, pointing to other events such as the World Men's Curling Championships as a bigger prospective to draw in the much-missed crowds. "We talk about new normal and I don't really know what old normal was,"

Roughly 5,500 people showed up to a recent Ottawa 67s game, and Goudie anticipates bigger crowds, especially with the Ottawa Redblacks' season coming up this spring"I'm really excited that this going to be our bounce-back year, we'll be back to where the Redblacks need to be,"  

While the business side of things is going well, Goudie said, the public engagement for Landsdowne 2.0 is also underway.

Lansdowne 2.0, which is estimated at $330 million, includes a modern, standalone event centre, new north-side stadium stands, additional retail space, as well as new residential units to own or rent, including affordable housing. 

In July of 2021, a report by the City of Ottawa asked OSEG and City officials to explore the possibility of demolishing and replacing the north-side stands at TD Place and the existing arena. The report also called for more housing to improve the long-term viability of Landsdowne. 

But for now, Goudie is thrilled with getting things up and running once again, especially ahead of an exciting sports season in Ottawa.

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