You know, you two may have been saying this in jest, but given the potential scandals brewing down at Hamilton City Council right now and the recent revelation that everything is already going to go way over budget with this stadium etc, it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see Hamilton get shut out of the Games venue locations. I get the distinct feeling the Games committee wasn't overly impressed with Hamilton. In fact, I'm sure they thought it strange that they were not given a tour of the North end on the ground...........but rather by helicopter. Why was that? They could have seen basically the same thing from Google Earth.
David Braley warned Hamilton that the stadium was not etched in stone and it's not uncommon for the venues to change after the bid is won......
I just spent the day in Oakville with my girlfriend shopping at all the malls and to be honest with you, from Burlington onwards to Toronto, the reek of "big time money" is overpowering and getting stronger by the day......it's like another world down the QEW a bit. One just has to look at the new Mercedes dealership being built alongside the QEW down there to get a clue what kind of money is there........that place is like a glass palace for cripes sakes. I've never seen anything like it.
The Oakville Mall for instance makes anything Hamilton has look old and tired. And from Oakville onwards, it only gets better. Don't think people like Cohon, Braley and yes, even Mr. Young don't know this. Every new venue from here on in will be built with "the way of the future" in mind as far as strategically placing the venues where they can make money, lots of it, and be viable and vibrant......I think people had best forget about Hamilton's harbourfront, Rheem property or anything similar if we are to have a chance at that stadium........it's time to face facts. It's going to go right beside major highways for the best exposure for big time sponsors so their name and brand can be seen continuously by thousands of people per hour 24/7/365......not by one person walking his dog in the North end at midnight or a drunk staggering home from the Picton Tavern.