Hamilton to look at idea of bidding for 2030 Commonwealth Games

News Mar 20, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Nearly two years ago, and a few years after the trouble with landing the 2015 Pan Am Games, Hamilton councillors wanted nothing to do with the city hosting the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

Now after a municipal election, and with P.J. Mercanti of the Carmen’s Group promoting the fact Hamilton could host the games without investing any money into what could be a $1.5 billion event, councillors want staff to take another look at a bid possibility.

“The opportunity is the legacy that is left behind,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who has been a cheerleader for the city to make a bid to host global sports events.

“I’m very supportive. There is a cost-benefit return on these projects.”

He said Hamilton managed to build Tim Horton’s Field as part of the city’s legacy after it hosted the soccer event for the 2015 Pan Am Games that were predominately located in Toronto.

Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead, another advocate for bidding for the games, said it’s an opportunity to invest in the city’s sports infrastructure.

“I am fully endorsing it,” said Whitehead, who backed the idea in 2017.

Even Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla, who in 2017 said even talk of Hamilton making a bid was a “basket of lunacy” now says it is an opportunity to acquire some affordable housing. He also stated at the time Hamilton needs to “focus in on issues that really matter.”

“I think it is a basket of opportunity,” he said.

Mountain Coun. Esther Pauls, a runner and co-owner of the Runner's Den,  was the most vocal advocate for Hamilton to submit a bid, calling it a “win-win on all fronts.”

During a council meeting in September, 2017, councillors voted 10-5 against a last-ditched attempt by Eisenberger to have staff examine the possibility of hosting the Commonwealth Games.

Mercanti, during a presentation to Hamilton councillors on behalf of a group called Hamilton 100, said the city should host what would be the 100th anniversary of the 1930 games in Hamilton, at the time called the British Empire Games.

“It would truly allow us to transform this city to become a sports destination,” said Mercanti, wearing a replicate white jacket worn by M.M. Robinson, the Hamilton Spectator sports reporter who championed successfully the British Empire Games and eventually saw them hosted by the city.

“Let’s swing for the fences to do everything we can to set our children up for success.”

The Hamilton 100 committee includes Ron Foxcroft, of Fox 40 International, Cecilia Carter-Smith, a Commonwealth Games champion, Joe Mancinelli of LiUNA, and Kevin Gonci, Sport Hamilton.

Mercanti said Hamilton “would not have to raise any (money) at all.” He said the trick is the games would earn up to $250 million in revenue, through ticket sales, sponsorship, naming and broadcasting rights. That revenue would be used by Hamilton to pay its share of the games, he said.

Brian McPherson, the chief executive officer of Commonwealth Games Canada, said the cost of the games for Glasgow in 2014, the Gold Coast, Australia in 2018 and the 2020 games in Birmingham, England is about $1.5 billion. He said about $1 billion is used for operation costs, while the half million dollars is for capital improvements.

He said the federal government is willing to provide 50 per cent of the games cost based upon matching funds from the provincial and municipal governments.  But the federal government needs a business plan first before any agreement is reached.

McPherson said while the 2030 games bid remains open to all countries, some believe Hamilton is a shoe-in to get the games because it would be the 100th anniversary of the games, which started in the steel city.

“The signs are quite favourable to us,” said McPherson.

City and Commonwealth Canada officials have indicated that international representatives would approve of Hamilton hosting the games on its anniversary.

Commonwealth Canada said they want to have a city selected by 2020.

Canada hasn’t hosted a Commonwealth Games since 1994.

Hamilton has made a bid to host the games in 2010, losing out to New Delhi, India. It tried again in 2014, Hamilton lost out to Halifax as Canada’s preferred choice. But then the Maritime city withdrew its bid and the games were awarded to Glasgow, Scotland.

Hamilton will study idea of making a bid to host 2030 Commonwealth Games

News Mar 20, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Nearly two years ago, and a few years after the trouble with landing the 2015 Pan Am Games, Hamilton councillors wanted nothing to do with the city hosting the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

Now after a municipal election, and with P.J. Mercanti of the Carmen’s Group promoting the fact Hamilton could host the games without investing any money into what could be a $1.5 billion event, councillors want staff to take another look at a bid possibility.

“The opportunity is the legacy that is left behind,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who has been a cheerleader for the city to make a bid to host global sports events.

“I’m very supportive. There is a cost-benefit return on these projects.”

He said Hamilton managed to build Tim Horton’s Field as part of the city’s legacy after it hosted the soccer event for the 2015 Pan Am Games that were predominately located in Toronto.

Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead, another advocate for bidding for the games, said it’s an opportunity to invest in the city’s sports infrastructure.

“I am fully endorsing it,” said Whitehead, who backed the idea in 2017.

Even Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla, who in 2017 said even talk of Hamilton making a bid was a “basket of lunacy” now says it is an opportunity to acquire some affordable housing. He also stated at the time Hamilton needs to “focus in on issues that really matter.”

“I think it is a basket of opportunity,” he said.

Mountain Coun. Esther Pauls, a runner and co-owner of the Runner's Den,  was the most vocal advocate for Hamilton to submit a bid, calling it a “win-win on all fronts.”

During a council meeting in September, 2017, councillors voted 10-5 against a last-ditched attempt by Eisenberger to have staff examine the possibility of hosting the Commonwealth Games.

Mercanti, during a presentation to Hamilton councillors on behalf of a group called Hamilton 100, said the city should host what would be the 100th anniversary of the 1930 games in Hamilton, at the time called the British Empire Games.

“It would truly allow us to transform this city to become a sports destination,” said Mercanti, wearing a replicate white jacket worn by M.M. Robinson, the Hamilton Spectator sports reporter who championed successfully the British Empire Games and eventually saw them hosted by the city.

“Let’s swing for the fences to do everything we can to set our children up for success.”

The Hamilton 100 committee includes Ron Foxcroft, of Fox 40 International, Cecilia Carter-Smith, a Commonwealth Games champion, Joe Mancinelli of LiUNA, and Kevin Gonci, Sport Hamilton.

Mercanti said Hamilton “would not have to raise any (money) at all.” He said the trick is the games would earn up to $250 million in revenue, through ticket sales, sponsorship, naming and broadcasting rights. That revenue would be used by Hamilton to pay its share of the games, he said.

Brian McPherson, the chief executive officer of Commonwealth Games Canada, said the cost of the games for Glasgow in 2014, the Gold Coast, Australia in 2018 and the 2020 games in Birmingham, England is about $1.5 billion. He said about $1 billion is used for operation costs, while the half million dollars is for capital improvements.

He said the federal government is willing to provide 50 per cent of the games cost based upon matching funds from the provincial and municipal governments.  But the federal government needs a business plan first before any agreement is reached.

McPherson said while the 2030 games bid remains open to all countries, some believe Hamilton is a shoe-in to get the games because it would be the 100th anniversary of the games, which started in the steel city.

“The signs are quite favourable to us,” said McPherson.

City and Commonwealth Canada officials have indicated that international representatives would approve of Hamilton hosting the games on its anniversary.

Commonwealth Canada said they want to have a city selected by 2020.

Canada hasn’t hosted a Commonwealth Games since 1994.

Hamilton has made a bid to host the games in 2010, losing out to New Delhi, India. It tried again in 2014, Hamilton lost out to Halifax as Canada’s preferred choice. But then the Maritime city withdrew its bid and the games were awarded to Glasgow, Scotland.

Hamilton will study idea of making a bid to host 2030 Commonwealth Games

News Mar 20, 2019 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

Nearly two years ago, and a few years after the trouble with landing the 2015 Pan Am Games, Hamilton councillors wanted nothing to do with the city hosting the 2030 Commonwealth Games.

Now after a municipal election, and with P.J. Mercanti of the Carmen’s Group promoting the fact Hamilton could host the games without investing any money into what could be a $1.5 billion event, councillors want staff to take another look at a bid possibility.

“The opportunity is the legacy that is left behind,” said Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who has been a cheerleader for the city to make a bid to host global sports events.

“I’m very supportive. There is a cost-benefit return on these projects.”

He said Hamilton managed to build Tim Horton’s Field as part of the city’s legacy after it hosted the soccer event for the 2015 Pan Am Games that were predominately located in Toronto.

Mountain Coun. Terry Whitehead, another advocate for bidding for the games, said it’s an opportunity to invest in the city’s sports infrastructure.

“I am fully endorsing it,” said Whitehead, who backed the idea in 2017.

Even Ward 4 Coun. Sam Merulla, who in 2017 said even talk of Hamilton making a bid was a “basket of lunacy” now says it is an opportunity to acquire some affordable housing. He also stated at the time Hamilton needs to “focus in on issues that really matter.”

“I think it is a basket of opportunity,” he said.

Mountain Coun. Esther Pauls, a runner and co-owner of the Runner's Den,  was the most vocal advocate for Hamilton to submit a bid, calling it a “win-win on all fronts.”

During a council meeting in September, 2017, councillors voted 10-5 against a last-ditched attempt by Eisenberger to have staff examine the possibility of hosting the Commonwealth Games.

Mercanti, during a presentation to Hamilton councillors on behalf of a group called Hamilton 100, said the city should host what would be the 100th anniversary of the 1930 games in Hamilton, at the time called the British Empire Games.

“It would truly allow us to transform this city to become a sports destination,” said Mercanti, wearing a replicate white jacket worn by M.M. Robinson, the Hamilton Spectator sports reporter who championed successfully the British Empire Games and eventually saw them hosted by the city.

“Let’s swing for the fences to do everything we can to set our children up for success.”

The Hamilton 100 committee includes Ron Foxcroft, of Fox 40 International, Cecilia Carter-Smith, a Commonwealth Games champion, Joe Mancinelli of LiUNA, and Kevin Gonci, Sport Hamilton.

Mercanti said Hamilton “would not have to raise any (money) at all.” He said the trick is the games would earn up to $250 million in revenue, through ticket sales, sponsorship, naming and broadcasting rights. That revenue would be used by Hamilton to pay its share of the games, he said.

Brian McPherson, the chief executive officer of Commonwealth Games Canada, said the cost of the games for Glasgow in 2014, the Gold Coast, Australia in 2018 and the 2020 games in Birmingham, England is about $1.5 billion. He said about $1 billion is used for operation costs, while the half million dollars is for capital improvements.

He said the federal government is willing to provide 50 per cent of the games cost based upon matching funds from the provincial and municipal governments.  But the federal government needs a business plan first before any agreement is reached.

McPherson said while the 2030 games bid remains open to all countries, some believe Hamilton is a shoe-in to get the games because it would be the 100th anniversary of the games, which started in the steel city.

“The signs are quite favourable to us,” said McPherson.

City and Commonwealth Canada officials have indicated that international representatives would approve of Hamilton hosting the games on its anniversary.

Commonwealth Canada said they want to have a city selected by 2020.

Canada hasn’t hosted a Commonwealth Games since 1994.

Hamilton has made a bid to host the games in 2010, losing out to New Delhi, India. It tried again in 2014, Hamilton lost out to Halifax as Canada’s preferred choice. But then the Maritime city withdrew its bid and the games were awarded to Glasgow, Scotland.