With 2015 Pan Am Games bid successful, hard work now begins

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

The party to celebrate Hamilton’s win to host part of the 2015 Pan Am Games may have been “glorious,” but now the hard work begins, says Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

“Today we party, tomorrow we get down to business,” said Eisenberger in the immediate aftermath of hearing Nov. 6 that Toronto’s Golden Horseshoe bid had been selected over cities in Peru and Columbia to host the games.

“We are well on our way. We have not been sitting on our hands. We have been planning, organizing, and strategizing. We will follow through and get it done.”

The next steps for the process include selecting an organizing board to oversee the bid. The 2015 bid company will be dissolved. The Canadian Olympic Committee will oversee the 2015 rights until the new board is struck and a chief executive officer hired. The COC has 90 days to accomplish those goals.

There have been suggestions that Bid CEO Jagoda Pike, CEO of the COC Chris Rudge and even John Tory, the former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, could be candidates for the position.

And Hamilton businessman David Braley could be appointed to the board.

Still, the mayor and councillors were basking in the glow of the win days later as they continued to accept congratulations from the community.

“I hope all the citizens of Hamilton are happy,” said Eisenberger. “This will spur economic investment in the downtown and waterfront, provided the stadium site stays on that waterfront area, which I think is the right place to have it.”

Global sporting event

There have been indications that some of the venues detailed in the bid book could be switched, changed and transformed, not an unusual occurrence after landing such a high-profile global sporting event. There has been talk that Hamilton’s stadium site could be moved from the Barton Street lands.

Eisenberger said, though, that the velodrome could be the real prize in Hamilton’s sports package of facilities.

“It will be a real sleeper,” he said. “People don’t realize how important that is, how much it will mean to the city. It will bring a lot of opportunity, a lot of racers and trainers. It’s nothing but a glorious win today.”

After suffering through two dejected defeats to host the Commonwealth Games, politicians, business representatives, city officials, and politicians were hugging each other in the late afternoon after learning the city, along with Toronto and 12 other municipalities in the Golden Horseshoe, will host the 2015 Pan Am Games.

“It’s a win,” said David Adames, executive director of Tourism Hamilton, who was part of the organizations that endured the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games bid losses, and the city’s liaison to the 2015 Pan Am Bid organization.

Eisenberger couldn’t contain himself, hugging councillors, friends, his wife Diane, and anybody else that was in his reach.

“I just feel relieved, excited and so happy for Hamilton,” said Eisenberger. “We have been down this road before. We haven’t been successful. All that experience has come to bear on this bid. We deserve the win.

“I’m a lot happy,” continued the ebullient mayor. “This is Fred excited. I’m not all that dry all the time.”

Eisenberger’s enthusiasm was infectious as he gathered his councillors, and area MPPs, to pop some Henkel champagne for the occasion.

He was surrounded by Liberal MPPs Sophia Aggelonitis, Ted McMeekin, Conservative MP David Sweet, and councillors Bob Bratina, Tom Jackson, Lloyd Ferguson, Maria Person, Scott Duvall, Terry Whitehead, Robert Pasuta, his wife Diane, and Pat Dillon, business manager of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario.

Looking on with grins from ear to ear were Hamilton businessmen Tom Weisz, Ron Foxcroft and John Dolbec from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

“For Hamilton and Hamiltonians, yes this was risky, yes we put some money on the line but the benefits that will come out of this will make our city so much better. It is just a super, super win,” said Eisenberger.

The announcement means Hamilton will get a cash injection of about $170 million for sports facilities, including a new 15,000-seat stadium that can be expanded to accommodate the Hamilton Tiger- Cats, a velodrome, an aquatics centre at McMaster University, and upgrades to Copps Coliseum.

The city will host track events at the new stadium, soccer at the Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster, swimming, and volleyball at Copps.

Hamilton is expected to contribute about $60 million as its share of the cost to host what is projected to be a $1.43 billion event. Both the provincial and federal governments are contributing $500 million, with the province guaranteeing to cover any cost overruns.

Councillor Tom Jackson joined other politicians in pumping fists and backslapping friends in the glow of the announcement. But he also praised the late Dr. Gene Sutton, who worked tirelessly to get the games to the city. She passed away earlier this summer.

“I know she is smiling down from Heaven,” he said. “This will be her legacy, in memory of Gene.”

“This puts Hamilton not only on the map, but it puts the city’s image out across the world,” said Whitehead.

The 2015 Pan Am Games, which brings together athletes from North and South America, and the Caribbean, will be the first world-class event the city has hosted since the 1930 Empire Games. The event, which became the Commonwealth Games, spurred the construction of Ivor Wynne Stadium.

With 2015 Pan Am Games bid successful, hard work now begins

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

The party to celebrate Hamilton’s win to host part of the 2015 Pan Am Games may have been “glorious,” but now the hard work begins, says Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

“Today we party, tomorrow we get down to business,” said Eisenberger in the immediate aftermath of hearing Nov. 6 that Toronto’s Golden Horseshoe bid had been selected over cities in Peru and Columbia to host the games.

“We are well on our way. We have not been sitting on our hands. We have been planning, organizing, and strategizing. We will follow through and get it done.”

The next steps for the process include selecting an organizing board to oversee the bid. The 2015 bid company will be dissolved. The Canadian Olympic Committee will oversee the 2015 rights until the new board is struck and a chief executive officer hired. The COC has 90 days to accomplish those goals.

There have been suggestions that Bid CEO Jagoda Pike, CEO of the COC Chris Rudge and even John Tory, the former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, could be candidates for the position.

And Hamilton businessman David Braley could be appointed to the board.

Still, the mayor and councillors were basking in the glow of the win days later as they continued to accept congratulations from the community.

“I hope all the citizens of Hamilton are happy,” said Eisenberger. “This will spur economic investment in the downtown and waterfront, provided the stadium site stays on that waterfront area, which I think is the right place to have it.”

Global sporting event

There have been indications that some of the venues detailed in the bid book could be switched, changed and transformed, not an unusual occurrence after landing such a high-profile global sporting event. There has been talk that Hamilton’s stadium site could be moved from the Barton Street lands.

Eisenberger said, though, that the velodrome could be the real prize in Hamilton’s sports package of facilities.

“It will be a real sleeper,” he said. “People don’t realize how important that is, how much it will mean to the city. It will bring a lot of opportunity, a lot of racers and trainers. It’s nothing but a glorious win today.”

After suffering through two dejected defeats to host the Commonwealth Games, politicians, business representatives, city officials, and politicians were hugging each other in the late afternoon after learning the city, along with Toronto and 12 other municipalities in the Golden Horseshoe, will host the 2015 Pan Am Games.

“It’s a win,” said David Adames, executive director of Tourism Hamilton, who was part of the organizations that endured the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games bid losses, and the city’s liaison to the 2015 Pan Am Bid organization.

Eisenberger couldn’t contain himself, hugging councillors, friends, his wife Diane, and anybody else that was in his reach.

“I just feel relieved, excited and so happy for Hamilton,” said Eisenberger. “We have been down this road before. We haven’t been successful. All that experience has come to bear on this bid. We deserve the win.

“I’m a lot happy,” continued the ebullient mayor. “This is Fred excited. I’m not all that dry all the time.”

Eisenberger’s enthusiasm was infectious as he gathered his councillors, and area MPPs, to pop some Henkel champagne for the occasion.

He was surrounded by Liberal MPPs Sophia Aggelonitis, Ted McMeekin, Conservative MP David Sweet, and councillors Bob Bratina, Tom Jackson, Lloyd Ferguson, Maria Person, Scott Duvall, Terry Whitehead, Robert Pasuta, his wife Diane, and Pat Dillon, business manager of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario.

Looking on with grins from ear to ear were Hamilton businessmen Tom Weisz, Ron Foxcroft and John Dolbec from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

“For Hamilton and Hamiltonians, yes this was risky, yes we put some money on the line but the benefits that will come out of this will make our city so much better. It is just a super, super win,” said Eisenberger.

The announcement means Hamilton will get a cash injection of about $170 million for sports facilities, including a new 15,000-seat stadium that can be expanded to accommodate the Hamilton Tiger- Cats, a velodrome, an aquatics centre at McMaster University, and upgrades to Copps Coliseum.

The city will host track events at the new stadium, soccer at the Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster, swimming, and volleyball at Copps.

Hamilton is expected to contribute about $60 million as its share of the cost to host what is projected to be a $1.43 billion event. Both the provincial and federal governments are contributing $500 million, with the province guaranteeing to cover any cost overruns.

Councillor Tom Jackson joined other politicians in pumping fists and backslapping friends in the glow of the announcement. But he also praised the late Dr. Gene Sutton, who worked tirelessly to get the games to the city. She passed away earlier this summer.

“I know she is smiling down from Heaven,” he said. “This will be her legacy, in memory of Gene.”

“This puts Hamilton not only on the map, but it puts the city’s image out across the world,” said Whitehead.

The 2015 Pan Am Games, which brings together athletes from North and South America, and the Caribbean, will be the first world-class event the city has hosted since the 1930 Empire Games. The event, which became the Commonwealth Games, spurred the construction of Ivor Wynne Stadium.

With 2015 Pan Am Games bid successful, hard work now begins

News Nov 12, 2009 Ancaster News

The party to celebrate Hamilton’s win to host part of the 2015 Pan Am Games may have been “glorious,” but now the hard work begins, says Mayor Fred Eisenberger.

“Today we party, tomorrow we get down to business,” said Eisenberger in the immediate aftermath of hearing Nov. 6 that Toronto’s Golden Horseshoe bid had been selected over cities in Peru and Columbia to host the games.

“We are well on our way. We have not been sitting on our hands. We have been planning, organizing, and strategizing. We will follow through and get it done.”

The next steps for the process include selecting an organizing board to oversee the bid. The 2015 bid company will be dissolved. The Canadian Olympic Committee will oversee the 2015 rights until the new board is struck and a chief executive officer hired. The COC has 90 days to accomplish those goals.

There have been suggestions that Bid CEO Jagoda Pike, CEO of the COC Chris Rudge and even John Tory, the former leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, could be candidates for the position.

And Hamilton businessman David Braley could be appointed to the board.

Still, the mayor and councillors were basking in the glow of the win days later as they continued to accept congratulations from the community.

“I hope all the citizens of Hamilton are happy,” said Eisenberger. “This will spur economic investment in the downtown and waterfront, provided the stadium site stays on that waterfront area, which I think is the right place to have it.”

Global sporting event

There have been indications that some of the venues detailed in the bid book could be switched, changed and transformed, not an unusual occurrence after landing such a high-profile global sporting event. There has been talk that Hamilton’s stadium site could be moved from the Barton Street lands.

Eisenberger said, though, that the velodrome could be the real prize in Hamilton’s sports package of facilities.

“It will be a real sleeper,” he said. “People don’t realize how important that is, how much it will mean to the city. It will bring a lot of opportunity, a lot of racers and trainers. It’s nothing but a glorious win today.”

After suffering through two dejected defeats to host the Commonwealth Games, politicians, business representatives, city officials, and politicians were hugging each other in the late afternoon after learning the city, along with Toronto and 12 other municipalities in the Golden Horseshoe, will host the 2015 Pan Am Games.

“It’s a win,” said David Adames, executive director of Tourism Hamilton, who was part of the organizations that endured the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games bid losses, and the city’s liaison to the 2015 Pan Am Bid organization.

Eisenberger couldn’t contain himself, hugging councillors, friends, his wife Diane, and anybody else that was in his reach.

“I just feel relieved, excited and so happy for Hamilton,” said Eisenberger. “We have been down this road before. We haven’t been successful. All that experience has come to bear on this bid. We deserve the win.

“I’m a lot happy,” continued the ebullient mayor. “This is Fred excited. I’m not all that dry all the time.”

Eisenberger’s enthusiasm was infectious as he gathered his councillors, and area MPPs, to pop some Henkel champagne for the occasion.

He was surrounded by Liberal MPPs Sophia Aggelonitis, Ted McMeekin, Conservative MP David Sweet, and councillors Bob Bratina, Tom Jackson, Lloyd Ferguson, Maria Person, Scott Duvall, Terry Whitehead, Robert Pasuta, his wife Diane, and Pat Dillon, business manager of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario.

Looking on with grins from ear to ear were Hamilton businessmen Tom Weisz, Ron Foxcroft and John Dolbec from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

“For Hamilton and Hamiltonians, yes this was risky, yes we put some money on the line but the benefits that will come out of this will make our city so much better. It is just a super, super win,” said Eisenberger.

The announcement means Hamilton will get a cash injection of about $170 million for sports facilities, including a new 15,000-seat stadium that can be expanded to accommodate the Hamilton Tiger- Cats, a velodrome, an aquatics centre at McMaster University, and upgrades to Copps Coliseum.

The city will host track events at the new stadium, soccer at the Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster, swimming, and volleyball at Copps.

Hamilton is expected to contribute about $60 million as its share of the cost to host what is projected to be a $1.43 billion event. Both the provincial and federal governments are contributing $500 million, with the province guaranteeing to cover any cost overruns.

Councillor Tom Jackson joined other politicians in pumping fists and backslapping friends in the glow of the announcement. But he also praised the late Dr. Gene Sutton, who worked tirelessly to get the games to the city. She passed away earlier this summer.

“I know she is smiling down from Heaven,” he said. “This will be her legacy, in memory of Gene.”

“This puts Hamilton not only on the map, but it puts the city’s image out across the world,” said Whitehead.

The 2015 Pan Am Games, which brings together athletes from North and South America, and the Caribbean, will be the first world-class event the city has hosted since the 1930 Empire Games. The event, which became the Commonwealth Games, spurred the construction of Ivor Wynne Stadium.