Comment 54970

By slodrive (registered) | Posted January 07, 2011 at 10:26:58

It seems to me that the Pan Am committee might take some heat if there isn't any visible legacy of the games -- which, with apologies to the cyclists and high-school soccer players, is only going to be found in a larger stadium.

If this proposed 6,000 seater could somehow be used as an amphitheatre- which I would doubt -- then it makes more sense. Other than that, that level of capacity seems inappropriate for anything. (Too big for minor sports, too small for anything of merit.) So, my guess is that a temporary bleacher set up (like Empire Field -- on a smaller scale) would prove to be more than sufficient. Then the stands could be removed and/or replaced with other park-like facilities.

So, I'm sorry, I'm just not seeing the need for yet another empty grandstand on our landscape...on a permanent basis anyway.

I guess what I'm saying is, take the money, remediate the land, build the grandstand for the games then use some FF money to turn it into a full time amphitheatre and try and erase the whole Pan Am experience from the chapters of Hamilton history. (Who would've thought being 'awarded' something would cost a community so dearly?)

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