The City of Ottawa stated the contract was 63-per-cent lower than the budgeted cost of $1.5 million. Demolishing the stands now will save about four months in the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, the city stated.
"This also allows for an additional cost savings as most of the concrete work can take place before the winter months and therefore avoid winter construction cost," the city stated.
The work will start Nov. 7 and complete by mid-January. The area will be fenced off to allow activities such as the Farmer's Market to continue.
Lansdowne has undergone legal and community challenges since the city awarded a sole-sourced $300-million contract to the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group in June 2010.
However, the project passed a challenge at the Superior Court of Ontario in July that accused the city of breaking its own procurement rules, and a separate one at the Ontario Municipal Board following a mediated settlement with nine community groups in April.