I know there has been lots of discussion regarding the new stadium, however, this particular issue hasn't been discussed much and it concerns me greatly.
Why on earth would you build a 15,000 seat stadium, go through all that engineering and construction and mess in the neighbourhood, only to basically tear it all apart to make room for up to 15,000 more seats right away after the Games ? Won't that second major construction project basically shut the place down for at least a year, and if so, where do the Tiger-Cats go during that period? Ivor Wynne?........the place may be condemned as unsafe by that time
I mean, it seems to me that to double the seating will require the stadium to be turned into pretty much a bowl and that is not a minor renovation. Add to that all the stadium infrastructure that has to be added such as concessions, washrooms, electrical, plumbing, various systems and other facilities I'm not even thinking of right now.
Second point I'd like to make is how come the Pan Am Games committee is satisfied that a major sporting extravaganza such as the Pan Am Games will only attract 15,000 people at any give time in the main stadium? Isn't that a little on the low end if we are to believe all the hype we have been subject to from officials?
Will this new stadium, even after expansion, qualify for a Grey Cup Game without even further temporary seating? .....and will it even accomodate temporary seating up to 40-50 thousand ?
All in all, it seems crazy to me to erect what will turn out to be a huge stadium in bits and pieces and I can only imagine the legal court battles that will spring up from the residents down there in that area.
Athough I'm all in favour of doing this right the first time and to build it on the east mountain near all the expressways, I'll concede that city council is hell bent on using this stadium as some sort of fix to all the problems downtown. I just don't think building an initial 15,000 stadium is the answer......go all in or go home is my view.
....... thanks for reading