RoyalDude wrote:BC Place built in 1983 I believe for 126 million bones. The renovation for the new roof cost $563 million. The renovation budget was set for $365 million by the BC government. End result, $200 million over budget for a building to house the BC Lions. Greg Kerfoot owner of the Whitecaps wants to build his own soccer only stadium, trust me, he still does. What is so funny about Kerfoots situation is that he was literally on his hands and knees begging to build one on the waterfront with ALL HIS PRIVATE MONEY AND NO HELP FROM THE TAXPAYERS, but unfortunately some Federal Government funded Railroad company won't make a land swap deal with him, or should I say, sell the space above the tracks to add to the land that he owns on the waterfront, and so because of that he is TEMPORARILY playing his soccer team at BC Place. Kerfoot was even willing to build that waterfront stadium (keep in mind, WITH HIS OWN MONEY) to house both the Caps and the Lions at one point. This AMAZING new convention centre built on the waterfront, funded by taxpayers, is supposed to handle all the new big conventions, so it couldn't be the conventions that justified the $200 million over budget reno that cost $563 million to build is it???? So at the end of the day, this fucking $563 million renovation for a new roof to BC Place, is really for the BC Lions only, what 8 home games a year, and maybe a couple conventions??? Wow, money well spent. But hey, Meds is cool with that, Just not what is going on with the Oilers, damn the Katz group to hell if they want help from taxpayers to build a new stadium.
Well actually Meds isn't cool with that. Meds didn't know about that because Meds doesn't really pay attention to anything that involves the CFL outside of the odd Lions scoreboard.
I have to confess that I'm confused by your post there. You talk about this new stadium that Kerfoot wants to build on the waterfront with his own money. Then talk about an amazing new convention center built on the waterfrom that will be funded by taxpayers that is supposed to handle the new big conventions. Then say it couldn't be the conventions that justify the over budget reno. And at the end of the day the new $563M roof/reno is just for the Lions' 8 home games a year and some conventions. So is there a new convention center? Or are conventions and [some] concerts still being held at BC Place (and Rogers for [smaller] concerts)? If there is a new convention center that was going to be built then the reno on BC Place was even dumber than it actually was. If Kerfoot can't get the land and therefore won't build a convention center then the reno on BC Place is still a disaster budget-wise but was still necessary. Regardless, your rant makes no sense, but I get that you are not OK with the money spent on BC Place and somehow get the idea that I am OK with it.
If I recall the renovation on BC Place was also pushed up for the 2010 Olympics (that and it wasn't really safe to have anyone in the building anymore).....not that that reason is justification for half a billion dollars in renovation/repair for a single building, but all the same, if all that the building was going to be used for was as a home for a CFL team then it was a waste.....I guess they should have torn the place down. Or maybe come up with a way to redo the roof for much cheaper.
Regardless, typical RD, rant and rave, express your frustration, omit facts, erroneously infer someone else's opinion, and then simply sign off because you aren't smart enough to actually offer a better idea. It's a good thing people like you exist.....the world wouldn't get ANYwhere without forward thinking problem solvers like you.