Comment 44184

By HamiltonFan (registered) | Posted July 28, 2010 at 06:57:40

I found this post on the Ticats.ca forum (cfl.ca forum) to be potentially worthwhile to consider:

"Watching the CH news tonight about the London Olympic venues - the description of the temporary basketball arena that will be dismantled after the games inspired me.

Maybe it's time for Hamilton to move on the Pan Am games without the Ticats.

Rather than building a 15,000 seat Pan Am stadium at WH that could be expanded by 10,000 seats for the CFL team, use the Pan Am money and a bit of the FF if needed to build a 15,000 seat Pan Am stadium with 5,000-10,000 temporary seats that will be removed after the Pan Ams. Leave behind an intimate, small scale amphitheatre/park that would be much better scaled to a site like WH.

A facility like that would cost much less to build, would greatly reduce concerns about insufficent parking and increased traffic, would leave much more room open for residential and other scale-appropriate development in the area, and would still provide both the impetus and funding to clean up the brownfields that are holding WH development back.

The city, with it's immediate concern about how to secure the Pan Am legacy money out of the way, could then work with the Ticats to help them find sufficient private investment to build their EM CFL stadium/ entertainment district."

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