Hamilton negotiating for alternative stadium location

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:11 PM ET

The saga surrounding the proposed location for Hamilton's new Pan Am Games stadium took another turn on Tuesday.

Hamilton city council voted 13-2 in favour of opening negotiations for an alternate site for the stadium. The news comes just a few weeks after the council voted 12-3 to build the stadium in the downtown core.

The downtown location upset Ticats owner Bob Young, who called the decision "a massive mistake" and said his team would never play a game at the proposed site. If Hamilton forced his hand, Young also threatened to move the team to another city after its lease at Ivor Wynne Stadium expires in 2011.

Young would prefer to see a new stadium built in another location of the city that would be more accessible and financially viable for his franchise.

Earlier this week, Young sent a letter to Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, which urged the two sides to work together on a compromise that would be mutually beneficial for both parties.

Eisenberger gave an optimistic, reply which set the tone for Tuesday's council meeting.

"Bob, while the site of the future Pan Am stadium has been in doubt, our mutual commitment to Hamilton and this fantastic project has never been in doubt," Eisenberger wrote.

"Reiterating at this critical juncture your commitment to the Pan Am stadium and the important legacy it presents to our city is most welcome and timely. It is a statesman-like gesture that is most appreciated ... I look forward to working with you toward the conclusion of an agreement that is beneficial to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the people of Hamilton."

According to CHML, a news talk radio station in Hamilton, the Pan Am Corp. has given the city a new deadline of Sept. 14 to reach an agreement on a new stadium location.


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