A news article in this week's Hamilton Weeklies reports that Hamilton's Pan Am committee recommends eliminating downtown Hamilton as an option for a new stadium.
Of course, what else would we expect?
While virtually every other city in North America that has built a new stadium in the past decade for pro or minor league sports has located their facility downtown, it comes as no surprise that Hamilton would choose to buck the trend.
I fully expect us to make yet another 1960's style decision and locate this new facility out by the airport where spinoff effects are zero, image-boosting is zero and accessibility to thousands of residents who don't own a car is zero.
Why? Apparently, a downtown location is "more complex".
Believe it or not, it takes leadership, good planning and a genuine desire to do what's best for the city to build a stadium downtown.
Toronto, Memphis, Cleveland, Seattle, Winnipeg and Baltimore are among cities that worked through the complexities of an urban stadium project because it's the right thing to do and results in the biggest payback and spinoff effects.
Of course it's easy to slap up a stadium out in the middle of nowhere. That fact that we're even considering doing so says a lot about the priorities and leadership of our local officials.
If you're a fan of the TV show Seinfeld, you're familiar with 'Bizarro World'. If you reside in Hamilton you have the misfortune of actually living in it.
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