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Saving Centennial Stadium does not help track and field athletes


  1. The Waterloo Region Record continued its campaign to save Centennial Stadium with an editorial this morning.
  2. That lead to a series of tweets from me that I have captured here along with some of the interaction that followed.
  3. KingandOttawa
    The @WR_Record wants to save Centennial Stadium. They undermine their argument by comparing it it millions being spent on Aud.
  4. KingandOttawa
    I have fond memories of Centennial Stadium too but would saving it give us the track and field facilities we need? No.
  5. KingandOttawa
    The @WR_Record calls for a collaborative effort to saving stadium not any of the facilities needed for a 1st rate track and field facility.
  6. KingandOttawa
    Their affection for the stadium prevents them from even asking if the site is the best choice for such a facility.
  7. KingandOttawa
    In London, Western University is the home to its premier track and field facility. What about UW, WLU, Conestoga? Makes more sense.
  8. KingandOttawa
    Biggest stumbling block to building regional facilities in Waterloo Region? Two levels of municipal government.
  9. berryonline
    @KingandOttawa Some great points James. Only thing is those discussions should take place before we decide to tear it down, not afterwards!
  10. KingandOttawa
    @berryonline We could go further back and look at why the stadium was allowed to deteriorate. And why no talks about future facilities.
  11. berryonline
    @KingandOttawa It’s been discussed in our Leisure Facilities Master plan. The stadium is another example of infrastructure deficit we face.
  12. KingandOttawa
    @berryonline If facilities of track and field has been considered in Facilities Master Plan. How does it inform decision on stadium?
  13. I didn’t ask Berry but I also wonder if the stadium’s state is due to the infrastructure deficit that we might need to make some hard decisions like removing a stadium that can be replaced by portable bleachers at a lower cost.
  14. Bill Pegg makes a lot of good points in his second opinion column printed in Monday’s Record.
  15. Before someone suggests that I want the stadium to be removed to increase parking at the Auditorium for Rangers games, let me address that angle. Yes, the land could be used to expand parking but that will not happen before the opening of the 2013-2014 season–or a year after the expansion. So while it may help, solutions are still needed to be in place for this fall and some of them like free GRT rides for ticket holders, GRT specials from the iXpress and bus terminals and car pooling have the potential to eliminate the need for the stadium land to be used for parking.

    I also agree with Councillor Fernandes who suggested that if the stadium goes, we might want to build changerooms and washroom facilities for athletes and people attending events on the field and possibly the track. So the stadium land might be used for that purpose too.
    Kim Kugler, the city’s director of enterprise, stated at committee on Monday that no decision will be made on how to use the land until after the stadium has been removed and they know what re-using that land involves.

4 comments on “Saving Centennial Stadium does not help track and field athletes

  1. I am completely confused. The stadium is in disrepair, so should be torn down. Do we not already use the facilities at the Universities? I have very fond memories of the stadium and many activities that no longer take place – but not sure why we should keep it. And why do we need to discuss where the track and field should be, before it is scrapped? Because we might rebuild it there? It most likely is unsafe without removing and putting up portable bleachers if the field is to continue to ve used.

    • I can’t answer all of your questions off the top of my head. I do know that Berry wants to make sure that we don’t tear down Centennial Stadium’s grandstand only to decide to put up a new one at a greater cost than it would cost to repair what we have. A good point but one I’d suggest that we should already have an answer too considering it’s been mothballed for a year already. So yes, I don’t see any need to put off the inevitable. It’ll be a year before it comes down anyhow and so there’s a grace period for a plan to come together that could save it.

  2. Highschool atheletes use the field at Resurrection because it has the biggest track, but it has no change rooms and bathrooms etc. Basically, it’s a great field but not adequate for all the clubs to use and has no real infrastructure for high school meets. I think the politicians have dropped the ball on Centennial, probably because the track parents were not vocal or political enough. I cannot believe the number of hockey pads built around this area for that expensive (i.e. “elitist”) sport. I agree with the Record’s editorial and am astounded this was not discussed in any detail by my city council before they voted to pull the plug.

    • Thanks for sharing your perspective Ted. I agree that Centennial never should have gotten to the point that tearing it down was an option. I still don’t think that saving it will do anything to improve track and field facilities in the region. The track and field portion of the facility can continue if desired with temporary bleachers as needed. I convinced it is the best location either for our premier track facility.

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