The Pan Am games are coming to the Toronto/Hamilton area for 2015. There has been a lot of debate recently in the Hamilton Area about funding for venues and the latest is the velodrome.
The first run had the velodrome as being a temporary facility, but the power's that be want a permanent facility put in. The first battle had to do with specifics related to exact location and not much had be said about funding. Well, in the last week or so things have come to a head since the final decision needs to be made by the local government. Infrastructure Ontario has estimated that cost of building the permanent facility at somewhere around 45mil, which many feel is inflated.
The local residents are of course up in arms because the local municipality would be on the hook for any shortfalls in funding, estimated at over 15mil.
They have trouble believing that the facility would be utilized properly after the Pan Am games, even though this would be the only other indoor world calibre facility in North America, the other in LA.
How does the one in LA do?? Is it utilized to it's maximum capability??
How many on the east coast travel out west to train and feel that this would be of value??
As a resident of Hamilton, a tax payer and a cyclist/racer I'm really curious if this thing would be as hot as some say....
Of course I have a biased opinion