Looking Forward to Ottawa’s CFL & NASL Teams!

| March 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

 

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Next year, there will be an incredible amount of excitement for enthusiastic sport fans in Ottawa. The City will not have one but two new professional sport teams; the Ottawa CFL franchise and the Ottawa Fury FC!  The owner of the Ottawa 67’s, Jeff Hunt is part of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group that is responsible for bringing these two expansion franchises in the region.

The Ottawa CFL franchise will begin play in the Canadian Football League (CFL) in summer 2014.

The CFL franchise is the highest level of professional football in Canada. Other teams in the league include Montreal, Hamilton, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Calgary, Edmonton, and British Columbia. I have fond memories of attending many Rough Riders games at the Frank Clair Stadium as a teenager with my friends.  At the time, this was the only professional team in Ottawa, so we would take the bus and head out to the stadium on a Sunday afternoon to cheer on our favourite team. I even worked at the food stands for one summer selling hot dogs and pop. Good times!

The Ottawa CFL franchise recently named Marcel Desjardins as the team’s General Manager. The team will select four NCAA underclassmen in this year’s CFL draft before participating in December in a three-round expansion draft of players made available from the existing eight clubs. The football franchise is currently without a name; however, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group did mention that they were interested in these five names – Voyageurs, RedBlacks, Rush, Nationals, and Raftsmen. I like the Nationals, since Ottawa is the National Capital of Canada.

 

 

Ottawa Fury FC will begin play in spring 2014 in the North American Soccer League.

The North American Soccer League (NASL) is a professional men’s soccer league in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The NASL is a high-level soccer league ranking just a shade below Major League Soccer (MLS). Ottawa will also play against Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver in the CONCACAF Champions League. Both my kids played competitive soccer and we are subscribed to the Sporstnet World Channel, so this should tell you how much we love soccer as a family!  I can’t tell you how anxious we are to see this high caliber soccer in Ottawa.  Every year, we attend games in Montreal to see l’Impact play, and we even went to the BMO Centre in Toronto last year to cheer them on against the Toronto FC.

 

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We are truly considering paying for a priority number (PRN) and putting a deposit of $25/seat to reserve our tickets.  It’s also refundable if we change our minds, so what do we have to lose!  The PRN will put us into an early lineup prior to the official sale of season tickets and packages for both CFL & NASL. Tickets will go on sale this summer.

What’s coming up for 2015?

The FIFA Women’s World Cup will be held in Canada with games played in Ottawa between June 6th to  July 5th!

It can’t possibly get any better for Ottawa Sports Fans! Well, maybe a Stanley Cup would be nice as well!

 

 

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two amazing teenagers. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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