There has been a lot of talk about whether or not we should get a new stadium and there are two sides to the issue that i want to address. This is basically my own opinion on it.
Ivor Wynne Stadium has an amazing history. How it all began and everything else. Its an amazing place to watch football and it seems no matter where you sit in the stands you have a great seat. I like the middle myself but thats just me. Its clear Hamilton loves football. We for the most part stand behind our team when the going gets tough..and the last few years the going got tough. Bob Young brought a lot of enthusiasm to this club and there is still a lot of hope that we are going to rebuild. I believe its going to happen and I think its just the beginning of great things to come.
I feel that if were going to move into a positive direction we need to look at building a new football stadium and a new era for the hamilton tiger cats. I do think though that we need to keep Ivor Wynne and make it a facility useful for high school students and post secondary. Those same students could be one day a future tiger cat player and I think building on home grown talent is a good thing.
I know it would be expensive to build a new stadium but i think it will rejuvenate Hamilton.
Not only that but we could make teh new stadium a multi use stadium that can hold concerts and things like that.
Hamilton needs that pick me up and you can see the changes bit by bit. They have already approved the rejuvenation of the Centre Mall and making it a outdoor facility rather then a indoor mall. They are going to fix it all up and everything else. Its going to really clean things up I think.
Not only that but Ottawa Street is getting cleaned up and its attracting new busineesses to come to Hamilton.
These small things are whats attracting people here and I think a new stadium will attract even more people. I think it would also give us a an opportunity to host the grey cup again. We all know that financial wise, Hamilton didnt make a lot of money for the CFL in the 1996 Grey Cup. I think part of the reason is because we just cant hold as many people in teh stands like a B.C Place can or a Rogers Centre can. The More people in game..the more money they make..it only makes sense.
Not only does the CFL make money, Hamilton makes money and creates jobs for people in the city who would work at teh stadium and everything else.
Its a win win situation. AND!!! if Hamilton ever wins a chance to host the Olympics one year, just imagine the money it could bring in.