Despite voting earlier this month to build a new Pan Am stadium in the West Harbour, Hamilton council reversed course yesterday and passed a motion calling for the city to look into building at the Longwood and Aberdeen location.
The vote officially clears an impasse between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the city over the proposed site for the 2015 Pan Am stadium, which would be turned over to the football team after the Games end.
Staff at Hamilton city hall will sit down with the team for an evaluation of the west end site, which is owned by McMaster University, Hamilton councillor Bob Bratina said in a telephone interview. He said the site was supposed to house firms involved in innovation, but that hasn’t really happened.
“Innovation Park hasn’t been fulfilling its mandate … so they’re probably just as happy to look at alternatives to the (prescribed) land use,” Bratina added.
City staff was told by council to come back with a report on the site, or any other viable properties, by Sept. 15.
On Monday, team owner Bob Young said the site presents “essential” requirements, such as its proximity to Highway 403.