Comment 28217

By arienc (registered) | Posted January 15, 2009 at 12:47:33

I wonder why we're talking about a new stadium like it were the only option.

Any stadium project to be built using taxpayer funding is a white elephant. The only likely long-term tenant is the Tiger-Cats, who will play there eleven times a year (if you count exhibition games). Unless we're planning on eventually charging NFL-level ticket prices, there's no sustainable source of funding for any new stadium that will even pay for the maintenance and operations, let alone the capital costs of building it.

We've got to make full and better use of the infrastructure we've got, before we even think about building more. That goes for stadiums, just as it goes for rec centres, pools, parks, roads, sewage treatment, whatever.

New infrastructure means new costs to maintain it, which we can hardly afford at this time with so many other priorities (LRT, downtown renewal, sewers, existing roads...)

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