Comment 54340

By adrian (registered) | Posted January 03, 2011 at 16:30:55

It's time to write City Council. My letter:

Dear Mayor Bratina, City Councillors,

Ian Troop confirmed, in an interview today with Raise the Hammer, that a smaller stadium is entirely compatible with Hostco's requirements. Troop: "If Hamilton wanted to go with a 5,500-6,500 seat stadium, we would have gone with that."

The Hamilton Tigercats have made it clear that they are only interested in their own profit and disinterested in the clear evidence that the West Harbour was, and still is, a workable stadium location. Now, they are seeking to either move the stadium entirely out of Hamilton's borders, or they're engaging in yet another game of chicken with the citizens of this city.

Given that this stadium will be built with public funds, and that it was always intended for Hamilton, not Burlington, it's time to draw a line in the sand: fulfill Hamilton's city-building goals by building a smaller, more affordable stadium at the West Harbour location, and free up additional funds for a velodrome.

In Troop's words: "If a smaller facility happens somewhere, that frees us up for something bigger elsewhere, e.g. a Velodrome."

I urge all of you to capitalize on Hostco's clear message to Hamilton: a smaller, more affordable stadium that helps revitalize the West Harbour, and a state-of-the-art velodrome, are both within our reach.

Comment edited by administrator adrian on 2011-01-03 16:31:32

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