Comment 68735

By davidsfawcett (registered) - website | Posted August 30, 2011 at 19:35:09

Thank you for your reasonably presented arguments.

Neither the BC Lions nor the Canucks play in facilities which were constructed for the Vancouver Olympics, so the situation there has little to do with ours. I'll leave the "bread and circuses" argument against big international games to another poster.

2.2% is 505 000 (the population on the highway sign) divided by 23 000, the published average Ticat attendance for the last 20 years or so. As I stated in the letter, "following" the team by watching games on TV doesn't have any bearing on the economics of financing a stadium. Many Canadian sports fans follow teams in the States and have never been anywhere near a live game.

I doubt the construction of a new stadium (especially one in same place) will do anything to promote the city. As for the stability of the team, that rests with the ownership executing their business plan, but it should not be on the backs of taxpayers.

I agree completely that we should do all we can to promote Canadian institutions in sport and the arts, providing career opportunities for young Canadians. I also agree that we must promote fitness in our city but spending millions of dollars to build grandstands with seat backs is an inefficient use of funds ;)

I was a Ticat season ticket holder for many years. 4 years ago I did not renew my tickets when the price increased by 40% for the next season.

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