Hamilton council votes down two sites

GORDON ANDERSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:28 PM ET

Bah, humbug, to city council, says Hamiltons mayor.

At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, council voted down two potential sites for the proposed stadium, throwing the future of the Tiger-Cats into jeopardy.

Hamilton mayor Bob Bratina was disappointed by councils decision because the stop light has turned red, yet again, and he thinks some members of council are playing a game of who blinks first with the team.

The future of the Tiger- Cats is in doubt, the mayor said. They already told us (the West Harbour site) is not satisfactory for their purposes.

I think there may be some councillors who think this is a bluff. Its like a card game and now well see because there is nothing left on the table. Its not a good way to do business with a team that is iconic in North America.

Bratina is not sure how the Ticats will take the news.

I dont know how they will respond, the mayor said. They may not know either. I think we're all taken aback a little bit by this. It may take a day or two to start creating responses.

Council also decided the proposed Canadian Pacific railway land, in the city's west end, was too expensive to develop.

Bratina put forth a proposal for the city to re-open the possibility of Confederation Park because the CP idea was dead and the mayor felt he had to do something.

Despite only three changes to the new council, did he think it would pass muster a second time?

I wasn't counting on it but I assumed common sense would prevail, Bratina said.

The motion was defeated 9-6.

Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young has suggested he will seek to move the club if a new stadium is not built to replace the antiquated Ivor Wynne Stadium.

The most sensible location for the new stadium is on a small part of Confederation Park, Young told ticats.ca. The highway visibility would have brought the Tiger-Cats to a break even situation.

Confederation Park was originally ruled out as a viable site because council wanted to protect the green space.

The CP yard, located at Aberdeen Avenue and Longwood Road, was brought forth as a possible site solution in September. Earlier this week, word was leaked it was going to cost between $70-90 million to buy it with $16 million earmarked for the land, $36 million to move the railway tracks and $20 million or more to relocate a storage company already on the site.

The Pan-Am games organizing committee has given Hamilton until Feb. 1, 2011 as the deadline for the new stadium.


Videos

Photos