Comment 43971

By F. Ward Cleat (anonymous) | Posted July 24, 2010 at 03:17:56

I've always been troubled by the idea that the funding for this stadium is contingent on the need for a 'Legacy Tenant.' Hamilton made a commitment to build a Track and Field Stadium, Pool and Velodrome for the 2015 PanAm games. The PanAm bid was awarded in part because of proposed 15,000 seat stadium at the west harbourfront with direct access by GO train from TO's athletes village. $160 million has been promised by three levels of Gov't to fund these facilities, to date $8 million has been spent to acquire the necessary lands. Next step is to confirm the original west harbour site...the 'Legacy' will be a competition ready pool at Mac, a world class competition ready velodrome and a world class competition ready track and field stadium designed to be expandable and versatile to accommodate Professional Soccer and Football, outdoor concerts, CIS Championship ball games, Trade Shows, public gatherings, large meetings and amateur and professional track and field....At that point Mr. Troop should confirm the site because it has been pre-approved, if he denies approval then the Premier would be expected to either intervene or explain the decision. (Note: I'am a lifelong Ti-Cat fan but this is about what's best for the 500,000 citizens of Greater Hamilton).

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