The new stadium is not yet built and it already created potential new jobs with the announcement from Bob Young that he applied for a professional soccer franchise. These extra jobs will be from the marketing industry all the way to the box office.
It will also add to cultural fabric of Hamilton. In an age of competition from the suburbs to the east, any extra incentive for business and residents to locate here is needed for Hamilton.
In addition to a CFL team, a professional hockey team, a world-class university, an A-list art gallery, a theatre company, a symphony and an opera company, it's something else that Hamilton enjoys, but Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga don't.
It will also make the citizens of Hamilton a little more proud and provide extra media exposure, similar to the World-Cycling Championships. These are two more important pieces that Hamilton badly needs to rebuild our ambition.
The cycling veldrone, which might not be used by regular citizens, will provide a venue for national and world cycling events and a training facility for athletes, good uses in my opinion. Note: regular citizens will probably never use the stadium either except as spectators.
There was some strange opposition from Sam Murella and Brad Clark â€“ opposition from Margaret McCarthy is never a surprise â€“ McCarthy tends to vote out of spite for anything that benefits Hamilton.
However, for Murella and Clark to suggest gold-plated roads offer more benefits than a new stadium was simply grandstanding and not representative of their constituents.
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