By Adrian Duyzer
Published January 05, 2011
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been in talks with developers Paletta International Corp. about building a stadium for the Pan Am Games in Aldershot since the summer of 2010, reports the Globe and Mail.
The proposed stadium site [in Aldershot] is on land owned by developers Paletta International Corp., which has been working on a project to build a 9,000-seat arena, large enough to accommodate an Ontario Hockey League team, for two years. The company earlier told Pan Am organizers it would be interested in partnering up to provide some of the facilities for the games, president Angelo Paletta said, but didn't hear anything back.
Last summer, the Ticats approached Paletta about working together on a Pan Am proposal that would see a 22,000-seat stadium built alongside the arena, plus a sports and entertainment complex featuring a hotel, restaurants, athletics-related stores and other businesses. [Emphasis mine.]
This is truly remarkable revelation in light of the Ticats' outrage over the City's negotiations with the Katz Group, as The Spec reported in August, 2010:
City businessman Ron Foxcroft, a friend of Young, said relations between the city and Cats were "almost cordial" until Eisenberger met with the Katz Group during the facilitation process.
"It was the city chasing the phony tooth fairy dream with the (Edmonton) Oilers that lit the fuse, that caused the relationship to explode," he said.
The Katz group expressed interest in running a stadium at west harbour as well as Copps Coliseum.
Enough of the crocodile tears. The Ticats have been planning a move to Burlington for months. We need to put our foot down and tell the Pan Am Games Host Corporation that we have a site and a plan: West Harbour, and a 6,000 seat stadium.