Hamilton's opportunity to host 2026 Commonwealth Games similar to Birmingham's experience

News May 19, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

If Birmingham, England can prepare itself to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after a tumultuous and shortened bidding process, then Hamilton can meet the same challenges to host the 2026 games, says Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive officer Dave Grevemberg.

As the Hamilton 100 committee realigns itself from preparing for the 2030 centenary games to the 2026 games, it will face similar obstacles as Birmingham did when it landed the games in 2017 from a shortened schedule to reorienting how the games will be accommodated by the city.

Even though the federation hasn’t officially awarded the games to Hamilton, Grevemberg, talking to reporters May 18 during a teleconference, said the organization is talking with city officials about planning for the games.

“Look at the reality of possibilities, make sure it is costed and make sure it is deliverable,” said Grevemberg. “There is plenty of time to deliver a great Commonwealth Games in 2026.”

Louis Frapporti of the Hamilton 2026 Bid Corporation, the former Hamilton 100 committee, said the goal is to have a budget and games plan completed within six months, and possibly up to 10 months. He said it will mean the Hamilton games would be curtailed with fewer athletes and events. And the events could be spread out across the region using Niagara, Milton and Toronto as venues, he said.

The plan is for the 2026 games to cost about $1 billion, a reduction from the proposed $1.4 billion for the 2030 games, said Frapporti. The Birmingham games is estimated to cost about $1 billion.

If the committee has support from all three levels of government, and a signed memorandum of understanding with the Commonwealth Games Federation by the end of the year or so, it would give the city about five years to prepare for the games, said Frapporti.

Frapporti said the federation is prepared to give the 2026 games to the Hamilton committee — composed of volunteers and business representatives — but only if they can secure the financial and logistical support to hold the games. Frapporti said the federal government has provided conditional support, while LiUNA is on board.

He said the group has met with provincial officials, but it has not approached council yet. Earlier this year, councillors backed the 2030 game bid.

“We will have five years to plan and build rather than eight years,” he said, “Our plan will have to be flexible and very compressed.”

Grevemberg said it is a similar situation as what Birmingham experienced after the South African city of Durban, which had been selected to host the 2022 games failed to meet numerous financial deadlines. Birmingham and Liverpool were both interested in hosting and it became a battle between the cities until the English government selected Birmingham. The federation selected Birmingham in December 2017, leaving less than five years to plan for the games.

“I think Hamilton 2026 can be a real winner,” said Grevemberg. “We need to make a decision with enough time to benefit from Birmingham 2022. “When done deliberately, it can be a real value-added investment. We want to do it the right way.”

 

Hamilton could follow Birmingham's lead as it targets 2026 to host Commonwealth Games

News May 19, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

If Birmingham, England can prepare itself to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after a tumultuous and shortened bidding process, then Hamilton can meet the same challenges to host the 2026 games, says Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive officer Dave Grevemberg.

As the Hamilton 100 committee realigns itself from preparing for the 2030 centenary games to the 2026 games, it will face similar obstacles as Birmingham did when it landed the games in 2017 from a shortened schedule to reorienting how the games will be accommodated by the city.

Even though the federation hasn’t officially awarded the games to Hamilton, Grevemberg, talking to reporters May 18 during a teleconference, said the organization is talking with city officials about planning for the games.

“Look at the reality of possibilities, make sure it is costed and make sure it is deliverable,” said Grevemberg. “There is plenty of time to deliver a great Commonwealth Games in 2026.”

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Louis Frapporti of the Hamilton 2026 Bid Corporation, the former Hamilton 100 committee, said the goal is to have a budget and games plan completed within six months, and possibly up to 10 months. He said it will mean the Hamilton games would be curtailed with fewer athletes and events. And the events could be spread out across the region using Niagara, Milton and Toronto as venues, he said.

The plan is for the 2026 games to cost about $1 billion, a reduction from the proposed $1.4 billion for the 2030 games, said Frapporti. The Birmingham games is estimated to cost about $1 billion.

If the committee has support from all three levels of government, and a signed memorandum of understanding with the Commonwealth Games Federation by the end of the year or so, it would give the city about five years to prepare for the games, said Frapporti.

Frapporti said the federation is prepared to give the 2026 games to the Hamilton committee — composed of volunteers and business representatives — but only if they can secure the financial and logistical support to hold the games. Frapporti said the federal government has provided conditional support, while LiUNA is on board.

He said the group has met with provincial officials, but it has not approached council yet. Earlier this year, councillors backed the 2030 game bid.

“We will have five years to plan and build rather than eight years,” he said, “Our plan will have to be flexible and very compressed.”

Grevemberg said it is a similar situation as what Birmingham experienced after the South African city of Durban, which had been selected to host the 2022 games failed to meet numerous financial deadlines. Birmingham and Liverpool were both interested in hosting and it became a battle between the cities until the English government selected Birmingham. The federation selected Birmingham in December 2017, leaving less than five years to plan for the games.

“I think Hamilton 2026 can be a real winner,” said Grevemberg. “We need to make a decision with enough time to benefit from Birmingham 2022. “When done deliberately, it can be a real value-added investment. We want to do it the right way.”

 

Hamilton could follow Birmingham's lead as it targets 2026 to host Commonwealth Games

News May 19, 2020 by Kevin Werner Stoney Creek News

If Birmingham, England can prepare itself to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games after a tumultuous and shortened bidding process, then Hamilton can meet the same challenges to host the 2026 games, says Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive officer Dave Grevemberg.

As the Hamilton 100 committee realigns itself from preparing for the 2030 centenary games to the 2026 games, it will face similar obstacles as Birmingham did when it landed the games in 2017 from a shortened schedule to reorienting how the games will be accommodated by the city.

Even though the federation hasn’t officially awarded the games to Hamilton, Grevemberg, talking to reporters May 18 during a teleconference, said the organization is talking with city officials about planning for the games.

“Look at the reality of possibilities, make sure it is costed and make sure it is deliverable,” said Grevemberg. “There is plenty of time to deliver a great Commonwealth Games in 2026.”

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Louis Frapporti of the Hamilton 2026 Bid Corporation, the former Hamilton 100 committee, said the goal is to have a budget and games plan completed within six months, and possibly up to 10 months. He said it will mean the Hamilton games would be curtailed with fewer athletes and events. And the events could be spread out across the region using Niagara, Milton and Toronto as venues, he said.

The plan is for the 2026 games to cost about $1 billion, a reduction from the proposed $1.4 billion for the 2030 games, said Frapporti. The Birmingham games is estimated to cost about $1 billion.

If the committee has support from all three levels of government, and a signed memorandum of understanding with the Commonwealth Games Federation by the end of the year or so, it would give the city about five years to prepare for the games, said Frapporti.

Frapporti said the federation is prepared to give the 2026 games to the Hamilton committee — composed of volunteers and business representatives — but only if they can secure the financial and logistical support to hold the games. Frapporti said the federal government has provided conditional support, while LiUNA is on board.

He said the group has met with provincial officials, but it has not approached council yet. Earlier this year, councillors backed the 2030 game bid.

“We will have five years to plan and build rather than eight years,” he said, “Our plan will have to be flexible and very compressed.”

Grevemberg said it is a similar situation as what Birmingham experienced after the South African city of Durban, which had been selected to host the 2022 games failed to meet numerous financial deadlines. Birmingham and Liverpool were both interested in hosting and it became a battle between the cities until the English government selected Birmingham. The federation selected Birmingham in December 2017, leaving less than five years to plan for the games.

“I think Hamilton 2026 can be a real winner,” said Grevemberg. “We need to make a decision with enough time to benefit from Birmingham 2022. “When done deliberately, it can be a real value-added investment. We want to do it the right way.”