We're coming down to the wire, with HOSTCO set to announce their decision regarding the stadium funding anytime now. I thought that a thread solely for registering our predictions on the "end game" for the pan am stadium debate would be a good idea.
We've all been arguing about this for months, and there are multiple threads if you want to keep arguing. Please don't argue in this thread. This thread is to register your official prediction, so we can claim bragging rights if we turn out to be right in the months and (hopefully) years ahead!
My predictions are as follows:
Whether it has been made "official" yet or not, I do think some of the money that would have gone to our Pan Am stadium has now been allocated to the track and field stadium at York University. With what money is left, HOSTCO will offer Hamilton a 3,000-8,000 permanent seat stadium at the West Harbour, with temporary seating taking capacity up to 10,000-15,000 for the games.
Nothing will come of the "Katz group". They aren't going to be able to upgrade the West Harbour stadium to a capacity big enough for a CFL or MLS team in a way that is economically viable for them to do it.
A new mayor will be elected and we'll have higher turnover of city councillors than usual this year. The new city council will be more Tiger-Cat friendly.
Somehow the Tiger-Cats will end up playing at refurbished Ivor Wynne where Bob will continue to make the best of it, though I'm sure he'll keep his eyes open for future stadium opportunities in the years ahead, both in Hamilton or in the surrounding area.
My one caveat:
If the city council decides that a small capacity stadium at the West Harbour without the Tiger-Cats is a bad idea, then all bets are off, everything and anything could change at the last minute. But I'm betting against this happening at this point.