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By jason (registered) | Posted February 06, 2009 at 15:39:43

For some further context, I didn't post this article in any way to state an opinion for or against hosting the PanAm games...that topic really does deserve to be covered on RTH though. I'm merely stating that if we are going to host this venue for these games, we should at least get the most bang for our buck.

Doug Darling, thanks for that reply from Winnipeg... that arena is exactly what I was referring to when I included the Peg in my short list of cities. Here in Hamilton we've seen our downtown entertainment facilities bring in some impressive acts and post some impressive numbers recently. Hamilton Place was ranked one of the top 50 theatres in the world last year. Roy Thompson Hall was the only other Canadian theatre to make the list. Not surprisingly, our major theatres, convention centre and arena are also downtown. I live downtown and see all the Bulldogs (AHL hockey team) sweaters in local restaurants and pubs before and after games. San Francisco has seen tremendous investment in the neighbourhood around it's new baseball park downtown....and if anyone really wants a shocker, check out the area around the new stadium in downtown San Diego. Yes, San Diego - known for it's beautiful oceanfront and non-stop sprawl, their downtown is absolutely booming to life right now and new sports facilities are part of the boom.

Assuming the PanAm games are coming, I'm merely advocating for some common sense to prevail and for some long-neglected parts of our downtown to benefit from the investment.

If I had to name my top 3 sites off the top of my head, I would say: 1. Sir John A MacDonald school 2. Rebecca/John 3. Bay/Barton

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