By RTH Staff
Published August 05, 2010
McMaster Students Union has weighed in on the stadium debate revealing the results of a survey that shows 85% of students surveyed are in favour on the West Harbour location. In a letter to the Mayor, Joe Finkle Vice President also reveals that the MSU has officially endorsed the proposed West Harbour site for the new stadium and that the East Mountain is simply too far away for students to attend and enjoy the events that would be staged at that location.
The full letter is below:
Dear Mayor Eisenberger,
I am writing to you on behalf of the McMaster Students Union (MSU), regarding the proposed sites of the new Hamilton stadium. The MSU represents nearly 20,000 full-time undergraduate students at McMaster University. Most of our constituents not only study, but live and work in Hamilton for the four years in which they are completing their degree. Two weeks ago, the MSU officially endorsed the proposed West Harbour site for the new stadium. This conclusion was reached following consultation with students and the resulting discussion amongst our Board of Directors.
The MSU believes that the proposed East Mountain site is counter-productive from an environmental, social and economic point of view. An East Mountain site would only work to further encourage urban sprawl in a city that desperately needs to revitalize its core.
Furthermore, an East Mountain location would promote the continued use of personal vehicles, rather than facilitating the transit revamp that is required downtown. Moreover, the proposed site is very inaccessible to McMaster students who live on or around campus, and who are interested in watching the Pan Am games or the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Conversely, building the stadium at the West Harbour site will result in a stronger community, one that is united in a cohesive core, rather than spread even further across the region. Therefore the MSU believes that the West Harbour site is in the best interest of the McMaster community.
We have received a small backlash from proponents of the East Mountain site, namely the ownership of the Hamilton Tiger Cats, following our public support of the West Harbour venue, yet we are not deterred in representing the interests of our constituents. On Tuesday, August 3rd, the MSU completed a survey of students in order to ensure a greater number could have their say. The results yielded 85% favourability for the West Harbour site, with 68% saying they would rely on public transit to attend events. 84% indicated that they would attend the 2015 Pan-Am Games, with the majority of comments stating that their attendance was contingent on the West Harbour location. The East Mountain is simply too far away for students to attend and enjoy the events that would be staged at that location.
I would like to thank you for your time and for considering the voice of the McMaster student population. Please find attached the final results of our survey. I would be pleased to discuss this matter with your further at your earliest convenience.
Joe Finkle Vice President (Education)
McMaster Students Union
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