Comment 43265

By red24 (registered) | Posted July 13, 2010 at 23:12:12

One more question needs to be asked, this time of HOSTCO and the Province of Ontario.

It is reasonable that for its investment, the province insists that there be a 'legacy' plan for the stadium. But how exactly did the Tiger-Cats become the sole, or at the very least primary legacy for this stadium? What were the other legacies proposed, and what criteria were used to select this one as the priority legacy?

It seems scandalous to me that as much as $100M of public money would be committed to building a stadium for a 10-day per year tenant who at the time had yet to commit even $1 towards it. But in May, Ian Troop made the thinly-veiled threat that Hamilton could lose the stadium if the City did not come to terms with the Tiger-Cats on a site that met their needs. In so doing, the Province, with the help of the facilitator has railroaded both the Federal and Municipal contribution into a site that is nobody's first choice.


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