Statement by James Fyshe
We cannot, once again, fail to take advantage of an historic opportunity to move our City in a visionary way.
If you look at a comparable city in the U.S., Pittsburgh, you will see that they have three stadiums in the downtown area. Pittsburgh, not Buffalo, with a stadium in the suburbs, is a model which we should emulate.
Attending a sporting event is an experience. It is not simply a drive to some distant location with no ambiance to watch a game and then a drive home. The City gets very little back from a stadium that is not part of a wider social fabric.
We need leadership on an this issue. Are we to plan our city based upon the interests of one entrepreneur? Is his contribution to the City worth abandoning what we have been told time and time again by the experts is the right choice for a stadium?
Often the best choices are the more difficult ones. I hope the Council does not let us down on this one.