Troop is still waiting to see formal proposal, while several Councillors remain concerned about funding details and other lost opportunities.
By RTH Staff
Published January 11, 2011
this article has been updated
Toronto 2015 CEO Ian Troop issued a statement today stating that the Pan Am Games organizing corporation "will not be in a position to provide additional commentary on today's announcement" about the proposal by Hamilton Tiger-Cats CEO Bob Young and Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina to partially rebuild Ivor Wynne Stadium, "until Hamilton's plan has been received, reviewed and evaluated against our Games' criteria."
He added that Toronto 2015 is continuing to plan for an alternate stadium site if Hamilton's proposal does not meet its guidelines.
Markham has withdrawn its interest in playing host to a stadium in the event Hamilton does not submit a successful proposal, but Brampton and Mississauga are still working with Toronto 2015's contingency plan to build a community sized stadium.
Troop stated again that the February 1 deadline to submit a stadium proposal "will not be extended under any circumstances and applies to all candidates based on environmental assessments, construction timelines and testing schedules - all required to ensure the facility is ready in time for the Games."
RTH asked Hamilton City Councillors for their thoughts on the IWS proposal, which Bratina and Young unveiled in a press conference at 11:00 AM today. Several Councillors pointed out that Council has not yet received any briefing on the proposal.
Councillor Brian McHattie does not support the Ivor Wynne proposal, writing, "I am suspect of the Ticats and the financial arrangements around this deal, given their history on this file."
He pointed out that the financial details are still unclear and their implications for the Velodrome are unknown, and that the proposal "leaves the west Harbour lands bereft of any obvious redevelopment plans, which is unacceptable."
Noting that the host corporation previously said it would not approve a plan to refurbish an existing stadium, McHattie added, "it would appear that the Cats have friends in high places so anything is possible."
Councillors Jason Farr, Scott Duvall, Brad Clark and Judi Partridge demurred that they need more detailed information on funding before they can comment on the proposal.
Clark wrote that he is "profoundly disappointed with the way Hamilton has been treated! I need to understand that if a renovated Ivor Wynne makes sense now, why doesn't the West Harbour make sense?"
He also expressed skepticism that this proposal will be ready by the February 1 deadline. "With 15 days left, I do not know how we can properly cost the stadium at Ivor Wynne."
Update: Councillor Russ Powers replied and wrote: "I won't consider the proposal seriously until I get all of the details."
Update 2: Councillor Tom Jackson replied and wrote: "I will be supporting the re-build of Ivor Wynne, in order to keep the Federal and Provincial money in Hamilton, to ensure the Games are here and to keep our beloved Ticats here too!!"
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