By Jason Leach
Published February 19, 2009
The Pan Am Games committee just announced that a permanent velodrome is back on the table for Hamilton. They plan on twinning it with a new stadium in the city.
Now, more than ever, it is vital that we push city council to make the right decision on the location for our stadium.
Downtown, or possibly the West Harbour, should be the only areas even considered for these two top-notch facilities. Now knowing that a veldrome will be built permanently as part of the stadium, the possible spinoff effect potential is even greater than previously thought.
Imagine the hundreds of thousands of people that will come to these facilities for football, track and field, concerts, cycling events, festivals, high school sports and potential soccer, cricket and other outdoor stadium events.
To locate this facility with its massive spinoff potential by the airport instead of abandoned lots downtown or empty warehouses along the West Harbour would be one of the worst decisions made by a city council in many years.
It's not every day that over $100 million in world-class facility spending is proposed for downtown Hamilton. The impact on our economy and image would be worth much more than that.
We have one decision to make in the next week. Let's make the right one.
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