Comment 46081

By Tybalt (registered) | Posted August 22, 2010 at 08:43:34

The key phrase of that article (great find, realfree) is "limited economic spinoff". That is what the Ticats are objecting to at West Harbour - the plan for the stadium there does not include large sums of public money being spent to generate revenue-generating opportunities for them: like a Ticats-owned parking lot and Ticats-owned 100-acre big box development.

Let's not kid ourselves. This is the Bob Young objection to West Harbour. This is why, in his awkward public appearances since the West Harbour decision, he has said that the Ticats cannot play at West Harbour without "subsidy" or "financial inducement".

It's a cash grab, an attempt to line the purse of an obscenely rich man with our money. And as long as there are people that are hungry in Hamilton (and oh yes, there are) any attempt to do so is morally unforgivable. By all means, we should build a stadium West Harbour if it will benefit the community in the long run. But if we as a city are going to put that kind of money into the Ticats, we should be the owners.

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