It's time we all embrace Hamilton's 2014 Commonwealth Games bid.
By Andrew Allen
Published August 22, 2005
Monday, July 28, 2005 will be known as the day Hamilton officially entered the 2014 Commonwealth Games bid.
The 2014 Games will no doubt have an enormous impact to Hamilton. The benefits would include jobs, investments, revitalize the waterfront and the downtown core, athletic infrastructure, which Ontario badly needs, and to help the city rebound from decades of downturn to a huge boost to civic pride.
Remember when Hamilton was preparing for the 2003 World Cycling Road Championships? Some predicted that it would be a complete disaster, ranging from small crowds to frustrated motorists. Once the Games started, it was like the sparkle finally arrived to Hamilton and shifted attention away from our big neighbour, Toronto. The World Cycling Championship became the biggest success story in Hamilton, and gained revenue, with minimal problems for affected businesses, and Hamilton received some much-deserved attention from the media.
Now it's time we all embrace Hamilton's 2014 Commonwealth Games bid. Hamilton has an excellent shot at winning the domestic bid against Halifax, Calgary, Ottawa, and York Region. Hamilton's advantage over all of the other domestic bids is that Hamilton is still fresh in the minds of the Commonwealth Games Federation, the committee that awards the Games. During the domestic bid for the 2010 Commonwealth Games it was down to Hamilton and Halifax. Hamilton was praised for having great venues, which ultimately led Hamilton to win the domestic bid. Now Hamilton's bid will get even more praise with the recent construction of the McMaster sports complex and stadium.
This bid will build a new stadium which could potentially be built near the CN rail yards at the West Harbour area. This will be a catalyst for widespread environmental remediation and neighbourhood redevelopment along the Barton and Tiffany area. As well, the city could potentially receive around $500 million in provincial and federal money to help the city build better infrastructure. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to generate large amounts of provincial and federal money for our city.
I know there was some heartache when Hamilton lost its 2010 Commonwealth Games bid to India, which gave large financial incentives to the Commonwealth Games Federation, basically bribing its way to winning, but let's not allow that to dampen our spirits. Let's forge ahead and be proud that our city is taking the high road.
It's time to let Hamilton shine and show the world how great it really is. Do your part and be a great ambassador for Hamilton. Stand behind the bid and show your support.