Comment 43549

By seancb (registered) - website | Posted July 16, 2010 at 18:03:41

The men who are doing this to us know perfectly well a suburban stadium will harm us economically, environmentally, socially, and culturally. The only question left now is why.

I think we can find a possible answer if we read between the lines. From the facilitator's report:

the East Mountain site meets the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' objectives of "ready highway access, 'surge' capacity of local roadways, substantial and convenient proprietary parking, and access to regional transit"

Emphasis placed by me on what I believe is the key objective for the tiger cat's organization: if the stadium is in a place where it is difficult to access by any means other than by car, and if they have exclusive proprietary control over the parking surrounding the stadium, there is a promise of an immediate and substantial parking revenue stream directly into their pockets.

Could it be that their tune changed when it became clear that the city would not provide them with enough ticat-controlled parking? Being the parking provider could put them in a position where parking revenue outshines ticket sales, taking into account the people who need to park for non-football events as well.

Of course, I am speculating here, and open to any ideas about how I could be totally incorrect.

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