The Pan Am Stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We chose to build it at the West Harbour. Now it's time to stand behind our choice. Show your support.

You See It.

Posted July 22, 2010

Graham Crawford of HIStory + HERitage produced this video that looks at the bigger issues around the kind of city we want.  Did this video strike a chord with you?  If so, please support the West Harbour.


On July 22 2010 at 10:24 AM Ray Fullerton said:


Captured the importance and serenity of the West Harbour.

Please present to the Committee of the Whole Meeting on August 10th.

On July 22 2010 at 6:01 PM Rich Pascoe said:

Great video.

The west harbour: This is where the new Hamilton begins!

On July 23 2010 at 4:11 PM belma diamante said:

I wish all political messages were delivered as gracefully as this one. Brilliant. Thank you.

On July 24 2010 at 7:45 PM Paul said:

To Graham Crawford & the production team of HIStory and HERitage:

Thank you so much for a beautiful, impressive video clip as a strong message to our 3 levels of government to care about our city and young generation futures !

On July 24 2010 at 8:08 PM Rita Bailey said:

Beautiful pictures, beautiful message, beautiful music. Bravo! Should be nominated for an award. Who wrote and played the music?

On July 27 2010 at 6:41 AM Irene Bessette said:

Thank you for creating such a compelling message advocating for the stadium to be located in the West Harbour. It would seem clear that this is the place - I see it!

On July 27 2010 at 1:02 PM Greg Partola said:

Smoke and mirrors. Reality is dictated by finance. Therefore a stadium in the west harbour is NOT where it should be. Put the recomended housing there as was proposed by past city councils. Don't create another white elephant that my children and grandchildren will have to fund.

On July 27 2010 at 2:17 PM Bill Tait said:

If you think the flooding of the Red Hill Expressway is bad now - you can't imagine how bad it will be if the stadium is built on the west mountain.

On July 27 2010 at 5:00 PM R. Gizzarelli said:

Beautifully done - this is our future and the car culture needs to get a grip. I will not be supporting the Ti-cats if built on the mountain or confederation park - we need to revitalize this city and get people back into the downtown and employeed. All those who are priviledged need to rethink our future.

On July 27 2010 at 8:33 PM Jodie said:

I see it.
Thank you Graham.
We have always seen the beauty and potential of downtown; thanks for sharing it with others.
Jodie and Glen the Hamilton Kid

On July 27 2010 at 9:56 PM Cindy van Halderen said:

I can see it too.
thank you for sharing your vision of our city in the newspaper and on this site. The west harbour is the better location. Why waste an opportunity to revision a brownfield and infuse opportunity into the core?Thank you for collecting our voices and our hopes for our city into such an eloquent message to our community leadership.

On July 28 2010 at 10:57 AM Karin Treff said:

I do see it. Now let's make it happen.

On July 28 2010 at 9:56 PM DOHN NAGY said:

An exceptionally well done vidio.........congratulions!
As a Hamilton supporter all the way....the West Harbour is the only viable location and this opportunity should not be missed....

On July 31 2010 at 2:03 PM Dermot Nolan said:

That's our City! Exquisite. Well done!

On August 2 2010 at 7:16 PM Roar said:

What a freaking boring video!

HIStory and HERitage - what kind of freaking hippies are you?

On August 3 2010 at 11:14 AM Trish said:

Excellent video presentation of the West Harbour! Well done Graham Crawford and kudos to the History and Heritage for the beautiful music! After reading the article in the spectator dated Tuesday 27th, 2010 and viewing this video, I am now convinced the stadium should be located in the West Harbour
Now is the time to restore Hamilton to its natural beauty it use to be, so families can once again ~ walk; cycle; skate; jog; or use the HSR transit et cetra
and continue to view Hamilton from every level. This is our community ~ tis is OUR future!

On August 6 2010 at 1:24 PM Duke said:

The addition of a light rail or some reference to it thorugh the West harbour would sway more people into wanting it here instead of East MTN where its not feasible.

On August 6 2010 at 2:50 PM John Bozzo said:

Great video, but its main point is flawed.
If you ever want to develop this area, (as we go on 30+ yrs waiting for the core to be developed), a stadium will not contribute to your goal.
Momentum is SLOWLY building downtown with James St North, but keep it going with similar development and maybe a small theatre as proposed by the Ticats. A stadium would eat up that land and do nothing to its surroundings. That would be unfortunate and would lead us nowhere.

On August 6 2010 at 4:18 PM E Laine said:

A stadium would have been used for much much more than just 10 pro football games per year - what has been missing in this debate is all of the use at Ivor Wynne, most of which has nothing to do with the TiCats and actually does bring in revenue. And the access it would have provided for years and years worth of soccer players - well. Too late to have that discussion now.

Sadly, the feds and province have decided for us. So if it is to be a regional stadium then let the regions pay for it, not Hamiltonians. Why we all went through this process in the first place is unclear since it was already determined ?who knows how long ago.
And let's not forget when election time comes.
But the idea of this waterfront and what we can do with it doesn't need to evaporate - it is already a great venue. Let's engage the city and make sure we help to build something that will make even better use of the land the city now owns down there.
Great work everyone - makes me proud to live here but I'm not proud of a government that intervenes in this way. But I am not surprised, not one bit.

On August 9 2010 at 5:33 PM D. Collins said:

Great video and message however I am still on the fence about it's location. we are talking about Hamilton's beauty and nature and I don't see how a huge sports stadium will be adding to that beauty.

Remember The Skydome (Roger's Centre) in it's glory standing at the foot of Lakeshore in Toronto along with the CN Tower. Well you can't even see it now for all the condominiums that have been built around it. Will the building continue? Will our Bay Front be lost also?

Look how the Skydome became a money pit and what took over 200 million to build was sold for a measly 21 million some 20 years later.

Is this the legacy that we want Hamilton to join. I'm not sure. Will it give the homeless and drug addicts a new place to pan handle...or will it revitalize the downtown and provide well needed jobs??

time will tell..........

On August 9 2010 at 7:49 PM doug said:

Worst excuse for getting excited about a new stadiumn and revitalization of the west end area I could have imagined! If this is supposed to get this opportunity off the ground this is doomed to failure.

On August 10 2010 at 8:00 PM John Vail said:

Thanks for the impassioned thoughtful presentation today at the Committee meeting.

It is an honour and privilege to know you.

On August 11 2010 at 10:30 PM Keith Ontario said:

West Harbour has it enough going for it already, it is already a beautiful place where people want to go and relax. Putting a major stadium there would eat up alot of that prime land not just for the stadium itself but all the parking lots that would be needed around it. Why ruin a great thing like the harbour front. A stadium in that proposed site will not help to revitalize our once proud core, it will help to increase the value of land in Westdale where many of our city councillors live. Wake up Steeltown.

On August 12 2010 at 2:58 AM Peter said:

The video is well done and shows the nice side of Hamilton. What it doesn't show is there is no restaurants at that location. There is only run down housing. There is only one major artery leading out of that location (York Blvd.). It would look beautiful to have a stadium there but without a tenant it would be just run down. The kids from the Beasley neighbourhood would just graffiti on it like they have every other building down there (not to say that it doesn't happen elsewhere). I think the West Hamilton supporters are those who don't drive to the Ticat games and either take the bus or walk over.

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On May 10 2015 at 7:36 AM Japz said:

At last, sonmeoe who comes to the heart of it all

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