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Move Argos to Mississauga: Mayoral candidate

September 23, 2014
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A Mississauga mayoral candidate wants the Toronto Argonauts to set sail for his city.

“Toronto, which is saturated with sports franchises, has failed the team,” Dill Muhammad told the Toronto Sun Monday. “If the Argos move to Mississauga, they will thrive. Under my leadership, we could build them a stadium they will be proud of.”

Muhammad vows to build a massive sports and entertainment complex along Steeles Ave. He plans to meet with Argos executives in the near future to discuss his plan.

In addition to a 25,000-seat stadium, the 75-year-old businessman envisions a “destination facility” with 200 retail stores, an arcade and a gaming zone.

“The stadium will be a great resource to attract international soccer, rugby and cricket competitions as well as track-and-field events, the Metro Bowl football championship, music concerts and festivals and religious events,” Muhammad said.

He said he would ensure the city waives development fees in order to attract foreign investment to build the complex — named the “Hazel Pavilion,” in honour of outgoing Mayor Hazel McCallion.

“She has done a fantastic job serving the city for 36 years. This would show her our respect,” he said.

If the Double Blue were to head west, Muhammad said the team could still be called the Toronto Argonauts.

“I would prefer Mississauga branding, but it’s not necessary. The Dallas Cowboys, for example, are in Irvine,” he said.

The quest to bring the Boatmen to Mississauga is part of a larger campaign pledge to make the city the “healthiest” in Canada.

“Life and death issues are too important just to leave to the province,” said Muhammad, who has a Master’s degree in pharmacy.

In addition to promoting physical activity, he would like to create facilities to promote heart attack and stroke prevention.

“Mississauga would be the ultimate model for other cities to follow,” he said.

Article source: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/09/22/move-argos-to-mississauga-mayoral-candidate

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