Comment 54697

By jason (registered) | Posted January 06, 2011 at 08:41:41

Whitehead and others are absolutely correct - we CANNOT have our elected officials turn down a "free" waterfront stadium of 6,000 seats for the 190+ community events and potential soccer/concert events and free up some capital funds to tear down and then redevelop the Ivor Wynne lands, and instead hold onto Ivor Wynne and then turn taxpayers upside down over the next 5 years to demolish it and redevelop the site and be left with NO local stadium for Hamilton's needs. Paul Shaker is bang on - the scaleable stadium is what we must accept. The Cats have forced us to, and at the end of the day Hamilton tax money needs to ensure it receives the biggest bang for it's buck for Hamilton taxpayers.
I'll be stunned if council tells HOSTCO to keep it's money and instead allow us to pay for all of this on our own. I appreciate Bratina's desire for a full stadium, but there is no tenant right now and we can't afford Ivor Wynne. Let's get the waterfront development kick-started and down the road we can try to bring an MLS team or perhaps CFL team to the stadium.

The good thing about the Cats latest revelations is that it gets our council off the hook. Nobody can accuse them of driving them out of town. They had already decided to move out of town before wasting all of our time over the past 6 months with this big charade.

I'm interested to see if they can dupe Burlington council into falling for their ever-changing numbers game. Let's hope so, for our sake!

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