Statement by Elise de Stein
I am one of many concerned citizens of this city who is appalled that the decision to build the stadium on the west harbour land is now under reconsideration. I think it would be extremely unfortunate if City Council gave in to blackmail and reversed the decision.
Yes, the Hamilton Tiger Cats are an institution, but one that I truly believe is not really relevant to the majority of our citizens today. I think that the decision on the location of the stadium should be based on the best interests of the city and the people who actually live here. Ten games a year doesn't qualify!
The City has done an incredible job over the past decade in developing the waterfront area and making it into a people-place. There is obviously still more to be done and I think the stadium should figure prominently in those plans.
I hardly think that a stadium built on the east mountain is going to attract visitors to this city and make them want to come again. The Pan-Am games will give us an incredible opportunity to show off the hidden beauty of Hamilton, but only if the site is wisely chosen.