Statement by Gord and Angie McNulty
We support the west harbour for the reasons outlined by Storm Cunningham, Paul Wilson, and others. The idea of developing a stadium in a brownfield site, as opposed to the urban sprawl entailed by the East Mountain, is a key factor. We believe that fans will go to Ticat games at the west harbour and that car accessibility is over-rated. Major sporting and recreational events always attract crowds. Just look at the Canada Day fireworks in the harbour or at Niagara Falls. People continue to enjoy those events, every year, regardless of the crowds and "congestion."
An attractive west harbour stadium, we are sure, will attract corporate sponsors. It's noteworthy that The Spectator's John Kernaghan had a story, published May 30, 2009, stating that "A corporate sponsor is waiting in the wings to pay $25 million for naming rights on a new Hamilton stadium to house the Tiger-Cats. Two highly placed sources confirmed the unnamed corporation would provide half the money needed to upgrade a 2015 Pan Ams Game stadium."
We are Tiger-Cat fans and have season's tickets but we don't agree with the position taken by the team against the west harbour. In fact, we're not convinced that an East Mountain stadium will necessarily be more viable for the team. Such a site may prove expensive for many Ticat fans who, once having arrived in the area, may not like the idea of paying for parking at the massive parking lot proposed, on top of their game ticket.
We definitely prefer the west harbour site from an environmental and city-building perspective. Once it is built, we would be surprised if the Ticats chose to play elsewhere.
Let's make the west harbour vision a reality!