Premier Dalton McGuinty is staying on the sidelines in the battle over where to build a stadium for the 2015 Pan American Games that will also become the new home for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
In a move that has even some Liberals scratching their heads, McGuinty is not intervening to ensure the sports complex is constructed in Steeltown’s derelict West Harbour as Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger wants.
“We want to work with the community and find a solution that is reasonable and broadly acceptable,” the premier told reporters Wednesday at Queen’s Park.
“So I am hoping that sooner rather than later we can come to some agreement as to where we might locate this thing.”
Despite the fact the city of Hamilton has already spent about $8 million assembling the land with hopes the stadium will spark a waterfront renaissance, McGuinty is leaving open the possibility it could be built in an East Mountain wheat field owned by the province’s Ontario Realty Corporation (ORC).
That’s because Ti-Cats owner Bob Young has said the Canadian Football League team, which needs a new home to replace ancient Ivor Wynne Stadium, won’t play in the West Harbour due to a lack of parking.
Young prefers the East Mountain location, which detractors complain is accessible only by car and cannot be reached by public transit. Continued...