I didn’t ask Berry but I also wonder if the stadium’s state is due to the infrastructure deficit that we might need to make some hard decisions like removing a stadium that can be replaced by portable bleachers at a lower cost.
Bill Pegg makes a lot of good points in his second opinion column printed in Monday’s Record.
Before someone suggests that I want the stadium to be removed to increase parking at the Auditorium for Rangers games, let me address that angle. Yes, the land could be used to expand parking but that will not happen before the opening of the 2013-2014 season–or a year after the expansion. So while it may help, solutions are still needed to be in place for this fall and some of them like free GRT rides for ticket holders, GRT specials from the iXpress and bus terminals and car pooling have the potential to eliminate the need for the stadium land to be used for parking.
I also agree with Councillor Fernandes who suggested that if the stadium goes, we might want to build changerooms and washroom facilities for athletes and people attending events on the field and possibly the track. So the stadium land might be used for that purpose too.
Kim Kugler, the city’s director of enterprise, stated at committee on Monday that no decision will be made on how to use the land until after the stadium has been removed and they know what re-using that land involves.