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2030 Commonwealth Games Bid

The economic impact is undeniable though and can still provide a variety of legacy infrastructure.
 
The economic impact is undeniable though and can still provide a variety of legacy infrastructure.
i’m not so sure… if the “legacy infrastructure” is needed then build it without the additional costs of staging the games. and if it’s not needed then those monies could also be better repurposed.
 
The economic impact is undeniable though and can still provide a variety of legacy infrastructure.
It's pretty deniable. Especially with the massive costs to build and upgrade infrastructure, security costs, and a fair portion of economic activity that gets cannibalized by the event.

It's good for central business owners and hotels. Generally not good for non-central businesses and the population at large.
 
i’m not so sure… if the “legacy infrastructure” is needed then build it without the additional costs of staging the games. and if it’s not needed then those monies could also be better repurposed.
But it's usually a major event that provides the impetus to unlock significant funding from other levels of government.

We've seen it time and time again: the 2010 Winter Olympics were the catalyst to get the Canada Line done in YVR (remember that the premier overruled the TransLink board and pushed the project through in order to get it done in time for the games), and Expo 86 was a major motivation behind the original SkyTrain segment. The 1988 Winter Olympics factored into the expansion of Calgary's LRT. Even in Edmonton the original stub of the Capital Line (Belvedere-Central) opened in time to serve the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

It's also worth noting that Calgary's 1988 games left a rich legacy of sporting facilities which have served Canadian athletes well for decades.
 
But it's usually a major event that provides the impetus to unlock significant funding from other levels of government.

We've seen it time and time again: the 2010 Winter Olympics were the catalyst to get the Canada Line done in YVR (remember that the premier overruled the TransLink board and pushed the project through in order to get it done in time for the games), and Expo 86 was a major motivation behind the original SkyTrain segment. The 1988 Winter Olympics factored into the expansion of Calgary's LRT. Even in Edmonton the original stub of the Capital Line (Belvedere-Central) opened in time to serve the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

It's also worth noting that Calgary's 1988 games left a rich legacy of sporting facilities which have served Canadian athletes well for decades.

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If we are going to do repeats, it would make the most sense for the Commonwealth Games to come back to Edmonton, which has the benefit of a number of existing facilities.

Other cities in Canada have had various major sporting events since then, so it also makes sense for something to be held in Edmonton again. It is time.

We did it before successfully when we were a much smaller city so we can do it again all on our own. We don't need to be hand held by another city or prop them up here.
 

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