Demolition begins on Coliseum Building

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By Doug Hempstead, Ottawa Sun

The iconic, if dilapidated, Coliseum Building at Lansdowne Park will be gone by Tuesday morning.

The building, most recently home to the Ottawa 67's head office, was built in 1926.

Over the years it has served as the headquarters of the CFL Ottawa Roughriders, Renegades and the SuperEX. The hall behind has been a venue for trade shows, concerts, hockey games and dances.

OSC is handling Monday's demolition.

It's the second demolition on the site; the south-side stands at Frank Clair Stadium were knocked down after being declared unsafe a couple of years ago.

The demolition is part of the Lansdowne Park redevelopment project, which will see extensive renovations to the stadium plus construction of new retail and commercial space, a redesign of the grounds, parkland and other features. It is being undertaken by the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group in partnership with the City of Ottawa.

Included in the project are a new Canadian Football League franchise, as well as a men's professional soccer team which will call the renovated stadium home.

Doug Hempstead will be Tweeting from Lansdowne all day, follow him at @DougHempstead