Source: Argos to stage camp at Guelph
TORONTO — The Toronto Argonauts are returning to Guelph.
A CFL source said Monday the Argos have decided to hold their training camp at the University of Guelph.
The source added the Toronto club will make the official announcement Tuesday.
Toronto has held training camp the last two years at York University.
But the Argos called Alumni Stadium, where the OUA’s Guelph Gryphons play, home during training camp through much of the 1980s and ’90s.
The staging of training camp in Guelph will mark yet another return for the Argos in 2016.
The CFL team will play its home games this season at a refurbished BMO Field on the CNE grounds.
Toronto played 30 seasons at Exhibition Place (1959-88) before heading to the domed Rogers Centre in 1989.
Rogers Centre had a capacity exceeding 52,000 for football but the Argos struggled to attract spectators as last year’s attendance dropped to 12,431 after averaging 17,791 in 2014.
The major complaints among fans was the proximity of the field as well a cold and antiseptic atmosphere.
The football capacity at BMO Field — owned by the City of Toronto and operated by Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment, the owners of Toronto FC — will be roughly 27,000 and is expected to provide fans with a cozier, more intimate setting.
The 2016 season will culminate with the Grey Cup game at BMO Field, with capacity being boosted to around 38,000 for the title game.
By The Canadian Press
And now the Guelph Tribune has a story … Argonauts to hold training camp at University of Guelph.
The Toronto Argonauts will be holding their training camp at the University of Guelph.
A source close to the negotiations said the deal has been finalized that will see the Argos hold a month-long camp at the U of G starting in late May.
Scott McRoberts, the University of Guelph’s Director of Athletics, would not specifically confirm a deal had been done but said there was an announcement and press conference scheduled for Tuesday.
“Tomorrow morning there will be an announcement made about the relationship between the U of G and the Argonauts and at 1 p.m. there will be a press conference involving Argo’s general manager Jim Barker,” McRoberts said when reached by phone Monday.
Reached by e-mail, Argonauts’ director of communications Anton Bennett said “we should have a decision as to where we will host our 2016 training camp this week.”
Rumours had been swirling that the Argos were considering moving their camp to Guelph after holding it at York University for the past two years
The Argos will use the school’s residence to billet players, the school’s food services to feed them and provide the use of all their athletic facilities for the duration of the camp.
The Argos previously held their training camp at the U of G in the early 1990s.
Training camp opens the last week of May and the first regular season game for the team is June 23. They play an exhibition game at BMO Field in Toronto on June 11.