With the Capital Gaming Expo taking place in Ottawa this weekend, our friend and board game guru Stephen Conway was fortunate to get a private tour of TD Place earlier today. Conway, host of the popular board game podcast The Spiel and a special guest of this weekend’s Expo, is a lifelong Colts fan and a recent addition to #RNation South. Here are Stephen’s impressions of the stadium and some great photos.
Greetings from snowy Ottawa. Getting ready for 3 fun days at the Capital Gaming Expo!
Started with a special treat this morning: a private tour of TD Place, home to the Ottawa Redblacks of the CFL.
It’s a fantastic facility in the Glebe neighborhood in the heart of the city. Not a bad seat in the house. We got to see the team locker room (including the ageless QB Hank Burris’ locker) and player’s lounge, the luxury suites, the press box, and walk around the field. A real treat for any fan of football. Now I just have to come back this summer for a game!
TD Place is also home to the Ottawa Fury FC soccer team (who would have been practicing on-field if not for the snow) and there’s also a hockey rink built under one side of the stands, home to the Ottawa 67’s.
Next door to the stadium is the Aberdeen Pavillion (you can see it in the distance through the windows in the pic of the bar), one of the oldest standing indoor hockey rinks in the world. The Ottawa Senators played there in 1904, including games for the Stanley Cup.
I have to thank my pal Fabio Del Rio for turning me into a Redblacks fan. So glad he could come on the tour as well.
Thanks to the CGE staff for organizing the outing and to the Redblacks for the tour!
Thanks for sharing with us, Stephen. See you at TD Place this summer!