Comment 44920

By mrjanitor (registered) | Posted August 05, 2010 at 19:10:35

I had a newspaper/rag show up on my door called The Bay Observer. The main headline... Tiger Cats Under Attack by Peggy Chapman. I will type out a choice quote from it for all to see.

Q: When did you first realize that the city was expecting the Ticats to move to the West Harbour? Did the mayor contact you or someone on city staff?

Bob Young: We knew that the WH was part of the original Pan Am bid by Hamilton, but we had been assured that that was just a place-holder and that discussions would happen with the Tiger Cats once the Pan Am Games Committee found out whether or not they had won the right to host the games.

There is MUCH more in the article. Bob says he was left out of the original discussions. Bob says the city has no experience running large audience events (Hello... HECFI...several festivals a year?). Bob says there have been too many visionary investments where the decision makers did not understand the financial implications (Red Hill Vally Parkway? Aerotropolis?) Bob says he is counting on the media across Hamilton to make sure the stadium is not one of those mistakes. Bob says the West Harbour was chosen for the wrong reasons and the problems of it were not properly studied. Bob says the reason he only holds 10 events a year and the reason he only pays token rent at Ivor Wynne is due to the residential nature of the location (mostly houses up here Bob). Bob says that with the amount of events he can have on the mountain vs. the harbour the taxpayers will save over 30 million in the first 10 years.

Wow.

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