I am in support of a new (multi-purpose) stadium in Hamilton, with one stipulation.
Keep the sight lines of Ivor Wynne. The same gradient to the stands and the front rows being the same distance and height from the field.
How could they do this. Simple retractable seating for the first 20 front rows.
Build a stadium with 25000 capacity for the Pam Am events, state of the art and the whole bit with retractable bleachers the can pull out over the track for football and soccer games, concerts, supercross, monster truck shows and whatever multi-purposes they can think of.
It could be done. The initial plans for the TFC stadium were for the north stands, holding around 5000 spectators, to role back to accommodate a CFL field.
I'm sure they can engineer retractable seats that will have seat backs and cup holders, including proper drainage to protect the track underneath and players benches for that matter giving close to the same intimacy IWS has now.
This would make a 25000 seat stadium for the Pan Am's and 30 to 35000 for football.
The pros, retractable seats bring whole new dimension to the potential uses of the stadium, fans remain closer to the game, extra space under the retractables can feature portable concessions or private group areas and dug outs can be accommodated like they presently have in IWS.
Granted those watching the track events will be 20 feet above the track but that gives them a complete view of the track, and yes football fans get the better deal because those watching football will only be 6 feet and close to the field but I think it's a good trade off giving that long term tenant is the Ticats.
The if Pheonix and Dallas can roll their entire field in and out of their stadium, we can role our stands back and forth for games....lol