That Burlington stadium plan for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats got a boost yesterday when team officials promised that it wouldn’t cost the city anything. And how would they work that, exactly? By estimating construction costs at between $90 and $120 million, down from the $166 million price tag for a stadium in Hamilton; assuming that the Pan Am Games will still kick in $70 million (I had $60 million, but maybe somebody misreported something); adding $30 million in private “investment and capital“; getting free land from a developer who wants to build next to a stadium; and handwaving away the possibility that a $120 million cost would still leave a $20 million budget gap. (“If they need more than that, well, that‚Äôs the Ticats challenge,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring.)
Burlington would still be on the hook for unspecified “infrastructure” costs, though Goldring insisted that these would be necessary with or without the stadium.
Burlington city councillors still sound pretty skeptical, but if nothing else this gives the new stadium plan some momentum (otherwise known as “headlines”) leading into the last few weeks before the Pan Am Games’ February 1 deadline. Stay tuned for more exciting plot twists!