Statement by Allan Case
As Council readies itself for its meeting on August 10, it has the unique opportunity to show the residents of the city what it values most: community interests, or corporate interests.
Throughout the past few weeks, it seems that Tiger-Cat ownership has tried to make this decision about the team's future in the city: the Ti-Cats won't play in West Harbour; the Ti-Cats will pay to create a giant parking lot on provincial lands; the Ti-Cats will only support a soccer club at the east mountain location...
However, what seems to be missing is the understanding that the new stadium is not being built for them; it is supposed to be a community project, designed to benefit Hamilton the city, and that the team will benefit from a new stadium in an urban location -- much like it benefits from the current stadium location.
Council needs to realize and remember that this project was not originally undertaken to benefit the corporate interests of one tenant, for 11 days in a 365-day year... it was pursued to benefit the community as a whole, of which the football team is but a small part.
I support the West Harbour location because I support Hamilton. Hopefully, on August 10, Council will support Hamilton as well.