Comment 56241

By Andrea (registered) | Posted January 13, 2011 at 15:54:58

many don't see any benefit in building a 5,000 seat stadium when other facilities we already have can and do fulfill the purpose of one.

The point of bidding on the Pan Am games was to get some funding for some new, municipally owned sporsts infrastructure. I respect anyone's opinion that does not support the Pan Am games. However, we DID bid on the Pan Am games and I personally feel that the high school and amateur athletes in this City deserve a top notch facility. A community stadium is not going to be a revenue generator, but it can be a desirable amenity. The scalable stadium idea was launched as a solution to the fact that the Ticats said they were not going to play @ Ivor Wynne after their lease ran out and went knocking on other doors for a solution that suited them. Were the Ticats ready to pack up and leave, most certainly our existing stadium would be knocked down. Apart from Ivor Wynne (derelict) there is no other stadium that offers community use. As so many others before me have stated, Ron Joyce Stadium belongs to McMaster, not the City of Hamilton.

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