Comment 75077

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted March 07, 2012 at 08:36:42

Toronto 2015 offered the Pan Am baseball and softball events to the City of Brampton in early February, 2012. Brampton city council voted to decline the offer on February 22, 2012:

On March 1, 2012, Toronto 2015 offered Pan Am baseball and softball to Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Toronto 2015, Infrastructure Ontario and Hamilton city council will not even publicly disclose whether the Pan Am football stadium, to which Hamilton taxpayers are committed to contributing up to $60 Million, is being designed to face north-south or east-west, there has been no consultation with the neighbourhoods surrounding the Ivor Wynne Stadium site, and we are still unaware of the additional costs of developing the "stadium precinct".

Perhaps Pan Am baseball and softball would have been a good fit for Hamilton had it been offered back when the city had money, time and enthusiasm to properly plan for it. The city could have explored whether the Toronto Blue Jays had any interest in placing its AAA minor league team at a new ballpark at the west harbour site after its contract with Las Vegas expires in 2013. However, as it stands now, the Pan Am football stadium relocation caper and the current uncertainties as to the cost and design of the stadium and the precinct have drained this city of most of the money, time and enthusiasm it would have had for the Pan Am velodrome project or for the recent Pan Am baseball and softball offer.

Comment edited by RenaissanceWatcher on 2012-03-07 08:37:48

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