Comment 55098

By mrgrande (registered) | Posted January 07, 2011 at 15:25:10

My email (stolen mostly from another commenter on RTH):

Councillor Farr & Mayor Bratina,

I know neither of you are too fond of the small stadium in the West Harbour, especially you Mr. Mayor. But let's look at the facts:

  • Neither Confederation Park nor Aldershot can possibly be studied and finalized in time to meet the February 1 deadline.
  • Toronto 2015 says a community stadium in Hamilton is viable and meets their requirements.
  • A smaller stadium will be tens of millions cheaper, and we already have all the funding we need from upper levels of government and may not even need the Future Fund.
  • A smaller stadium means more resources to make the Velodrome a permanent high-performance facility.
  • The stadium can be scalable: any small stadium built for the Games will support temporary seating to bring it to 15,000 seats, so the foundation for a larger stadium will be in place.
  • Some 200 non-Ticat-related events occur each year in Ivor Wynne that can happen in a smaller stadium instead, making citizens the legacy tenants of the stadium.
  • The Pan Am Games are slated to occur in Hamilton as well as the other participating municipalities.
  • We own the land where the stadium will go.
  • We've already done the studies: we know the West Harbour works and we can prove it to Hostco.

So let's go for the community stadium at the West Harbour. It's the only location that council has agreed on, and a small stadium works even better for that location than a large on would have.

Please, vote against re-opening Confederation Park, and vote for West Harbour.

  • Matt Grande, Ward 2 Resident.

Comment edited by mrgrande on 2011-01-07 15:25:52

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