Much has been said by Mayor Fred and -some- councillors about how a football stadium way down in the extreme corner of the city will suddenly bring on a re-birth of the whole downtown core. Rubbish I say......and here's why.
Unlike professional hockey and basketball, football fans come dressed for, well, football and are not very to be heading out to a fancy dinner or the theatre either before the game or afterwards. Football fans typically thrive on stadium food and beverages (including booze).......and then head straight home and raid the beer fridge after cleaning up and shedding their fan gear.
And like it or not, for a stadium/football franchise to be successful, they have to maximize their precious few opportunities to sell their food products and ares to their audience. (including parking ). ........and that also includes high visibility for their sponsors both at the events and by means of high volumes of traffic which views their advertising on a daily basis even when the venue is dark.
Any comparison to a venue such as, let's say, the Air Canada Centre can not be made because of the demographic of their clients in that venue........between basketball, hockey, lacrosse and concerts, it's a rare night the venue is dark and most customers not only spend money inside the arena on various food, beverages and stuff, but because of the very nature of the events, are most likely already dressed in attire which is appropriate for staying out "on the town" when the event is over. (ie: dinner, shopping etc)
This is why we need the stadium in a location which affords all possible revenue streams such as huge parking lots, a captive audience which spends cash at the venue, high visibility the grow the customer base and to maximize sponsorship revenues. Building a stadium where it has the best chance of making money for the city and it's tenants would now bring much needed dollars to fund the "city building" in other areas.
As it stands now, this West Harbour stadium location has all the earmarks of being a massive disaster that is going to be a drain on the taxpayers for decades and decades to come.
Just look at how successful the venues are around Hamilton,which due to a great location, ease of access, captive audience are self contained are able to maximize all revenue streams available to them. (Marineland, Wild Waterworks, Flamborough Downs, Canada's Wonderland, African Lion Safari and even now the Niagara wineries.......
Why can't Hamilton learn this business sense and start making profits off our ventures instead of setting them up for failure. As Bob Young said last week, the taxpayers of Hamilton should DEMAND this stadium be located where it can be a profit center so it can fund other worthy projects in the city.
...........it makes sense to me