Comment 104225

By billsmith80 (registered) | Posted August 29, 2014 at 16:57:34

Not only mean-spirited but simply inaccurate on so many facts. Just one reason why the stadium had to go to Cannon and Balsam: Zoning. The organized North End residents had no interest in a stadium in their neighbourhood. The zoning battle alone (think Red Hill) would have delayed the stadium beyond the PanAm games date. The PanAm Committee would have pulled their funding for a stadium altogether rather than risk not having the stadium in time for the games. By the time Bratina was elected it was too late to even rezone the East Mountain property. The only location in Hamilton zoned for a stadium was the Ivor Wynne property, hence that is where the stadium was built. Of course there was also the simple fact that 4,000 people couldn't get to and from a July 1 fireworks display in the WH without causing communting chaos. But let's not allow facts to get in the way of a good mud-slinging.

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