Comment 54552

By mrgrande (registered) | Posted January 05, 2011 at 00:37:04

I had emailed Jason Far about the 6000 seat stadium. I'd like to point out that I didn't mention Ryan, RTH, or money in my email. And maybe I'm being overly critical, but I instantly lose respect for someone when they use "peek" instead of "pique."

Here was my email:

Hi Councilor Farr,

So, I keep hearing talk about building a 5000 - 6000 seat stadium at the West Harbour so we can participate in the Pan-Am games, since the City & the Cats can't agree on anything. It makes sense to me. It leaves us open to expansion if/when the Tiger Cats decide they want to play at the West Harbour. Have we talked to the Canadian Soccer Association about this? What do you think? Is this feasible?

Thanks for your time, - Matt Grande,

And here was his response:

Matt, I did read Ryan's interview (Raise the Hammer) with Troop and admit it did peek my interest. A reminder to us all that this stadium issue is about so much more than just the Tigercats. As for the CSA, I have not spoken to them directly but was aware of their interest and have heard from local soccer groups and players who see great value in such a facility. This said, I am still hopeful we can make something happen at a much larger scale that speaks to prosperity and growth. As your Mayor would say: "If you stick a mirror under our nose, you'll see we are still breathing." The west harbor is a prime spot and certainly a six thousand seater is closer to the Setting Sails vision than a monster facility. My one fear (and this has not just been sparked by your own perspective but many others in the last few days) is where the money will come from to expand this stadium to CFL standards. The 70 to 100 million from the prov. And feds. is a one shot deal that centers around Pan Am and this looming Feb. 1st deadline. Thanks for your email Matt and I can assure you I am keeping an open mind on all this.


Edit: I don't know what you're talking about, highwater. There is no typo there. At all.

Comment edited by mrgrande on 2011-01-05 00:59:49

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