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The city's just been stripped of the Asian Youth Games. They can bid all they want but they ain't getting it unless Durban and Edmonton are suddenly afflicted by Biblical plagues.

Louise Martin interview on BBC radio said that the plan is to announce the 2026 & 2030 hosts at the General Assembly in October 2026 Adelaide 2030 Hamilton no other candidates expre

Well Calgary is out, their bid was weak. However, Hamilton has basically been awarded the 2026 Games. But Hamilton wants 2030, tough decision to make. 

 

Should Hamilton apply for the Commonwealth Games in 2026? Or gamble on 2030?

https://www.thespec.com/sports/hamilton-region/2020/04/02/hamilton-which-has-bid-for-2030-commonwealth-games-asked-to-consider-2026-games.html

Commonwealth Sport Canada — which oversees all aspects of the Commonwealth Games in this country — says the 2026 Games are Hamilton’s if the city and relevant stakeholders want them.

But if Hamilton does successfully arrange for the 2026 Games, it could not also stage the 2030 Games, for which Hamilton100, the corporation set up to plan and make Hamilton’s bid, has already submitted a strong two-part application as host committee. 

Brian MacPherson, CEO of Commonwealth Sport Canada told The Spectator Thursday afternoon that the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Games’ international governing body, has given Hamilton “first and sole” status for 2026, meaning it has the Games if it chooses to apply. 

If Hamilton doesn’t apply — or does apply but for some reason can’t come to all the necessary agreements to make it work — Hamilton would still be Canada’s only bid city for the 2030 Games but would face substantial competition from other cities around the world. 

Because of the pandemic, there are no other current bids for 2026, from any country. In the second stage of bids for 2026 and 2030 to the Canadian association on March 9, Calgary’s bid for 2026 was eliminated because it did not meet all the bidding criteria. 

The national and international bodies have requested a meeting by the end of April with all potential stakeholders in a Hamilton bid because it needs to award the 2026 Games by the end of this year, or at the very latest, in early 2021.

In a development that has been brewing for over a week, those stakeholders met by conference call Wednesday night and heard the 2026 offer from the Commonwealth Games Federation. Those on the call included the national and international Games organizations, Hamilton100, the city, and representatives of the federal and provincial governments.

“All we’re being asked right now is if we are open-minded to a conversation about it. We’re not being asked to make a decision, ” Lou Frapporti of Hamilton100, said earlier in the day.
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Volunteer group seeks viable plan to put 2026 Commonwealth Games in Hamilton

https://www.thespec.com/sports/hamilton-region/2020/04/21/volunteer-group-seeks-viable-plan-to-put-2026-commonwealth-games-in-hamilton.html

The volunteer group driving Hamilton’s bid has decided to move ahead in a combined search for a way to accelerate its bid for the 2030 Commonwealth Games by four years without, for now, formal city, provincial or federal approval and input.

Because the three levels of government are immersed in battling COVID-19, Hamilton 100 is working feverishly with the Games’ national and international governing bodies to come up with a viable plan to re-sculpt Hamilton’s 2030 bid into a streamlined 2026 version which would be less expensive for the city.

That version would probably involve heavier private-sector involvement, reducing the number of sports and possibly moving some events to existing facilities outside Hamilton.

“We’d like to have something concrete — and workable, given the time constraints — to show to levels of government when they’re ready to assess their support,” Lou Frapporti of Hamilton 100 told The Spectator.

Commonwealth Sport Canada (CSC) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said three weeks ago that, the 2026 Commonwealth Games will be Hamilton’s without opposition if Hamilton 100, its local stakeholders, and the three levels of government can successfully come together on a pivot to hosting four years early. If that cannot be done, Hamilton would still be Canada’s entry in what would will potentially be a very competitive, worldwide, bidding process for the 2030 Games, marking the 100th anniversary of the Games which began in Hamilton as the British Empire Games.

Hamilton 100 says “everything is under consideration” as it looks for a proposal but it’s likely that any plan will involve much heavier private-sector financing than in the 2030 bid, to take the burden of an already-overloaded city budget. A 2026 blueprint would almost certainly call for a one-time reduction in the number of sports, and it’s also possible that the Games could become more regional than they would be in 2030, with some events moving to already-existing structures in the Lake Ontario corridor.

Frapporti realizes that in the midst of coping with the COVID-19 crisis, seeking at a capital project for 2026 could appear irrelevant and even tone-deaf.

“We understand that this might be seen by some people as a distraction, however we’re also looking squarely in the face of an economic recession, if not a depression,” Frapporti said. “And questions of significant financial investment and employment in this city in the next few years will soon be the focus for everyone.

“That’s why, and the only reason why, we’re looking at this.”

Brian MacPherson, CEO of Commonwealth Sport Canada adds, “As sure as winter eventually is followed by summer, calamaties are followed by rebuilding and recovery. Nation-building projects become a priority and this is a nation-building project. Nothing can bring people together more than sport.”

Among the key points in further investigating hosting the 2026 Games:

  • One of the critical options being seriously explored locally is heavier private-sector financing and contributions to lower the burden for an over-burdened city.
  • One of the critical options being seriously explored locally is heavier private-sector financing and contributions to lower the burden for an over-burdened city.

  • Hamilton 100 is “obviously sentimentally attached to 2030, but the pandemic and its economic impacts has forced us to consider this path to 2026,” Frapporti said, “We’re motivated almost entirely by a concern over financial investment and employment in this region in the (post-pandemic) near-term, and we see this as potentially helping a lot. Jobs and investment, that’s it.”

  • Frapporti said that “everything is on the table,” including the option of a greater regionalization of the Games to reduce expenses. “Of course, that would be less beneficial to Hamilton,” he said.

  • MacPherson says that the CSC, CGF and Hamilton 100 “are not asking for money” at this time. “Support-in-principle is the key word here,” he told The Spectator. He emphasized that there is no hard deadline but the optimal situation would be to hear back from governments before June. That support-in-principle had already been received for the 2030 Games bid.

  • In the “aggressive search” for a viable 2026 plan, all funding options will be reviewed including, Frapporti said, whether “projects such as the LRT/BRT could be aligned with Commonwealth Games funding. We’re looking at ways 2026 can assist the city in advancing its strategic priorities in the face the new additional budget pressures.”

  • According to a framework to be posted on the Hamilton 100 website Wednesday, prior Games have generated economic boosts in excess of $1 billion to the host communities and the creation of 13-23,000 fulltime jobs leading up to and through the Games.

  • Hamilton 100 will continue consulting with “anchor institutions” and stakeholders including the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Mohawk College, McMaster University and a variety of community groups.

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Seems like Hamilton is now going for the 2026 Games, since we've already been awarded it. This will be used to help the economy post-COVID19. I think Hamilton council might sign off or deny the Games sometime in September. Right now all the focus is on COVID19.

The committee is committed to keeping the games no more than $1 billion and they'll shrink the number of sporting events, since we only have six years to prepare. I think this is a good idea, since these games have gone way overboard with the cost of hosting. 

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Concerns that a 2026 Hamilton games will affect Toronto's chances of hosting matches in 2026 World Cup. Hamilton 2026 has dropped all Toronto venues (plan was to move more sports there). CGF has sent a letter to FIFA to vouch for both events. 

I S2g if FIFA rejects Toronto anyways, that would be extremely annoying lol (after all the stadium did score the least out of the 3 Canadian venues). 

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Unidentified donor ready to donate millions for Hamilton to land 2026 Commonwealth Games

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https://www.thespec.com/sports/hamilton-region/opinion/2020/07/03/unidentified-donor-ready-to-donate-millions-for-hamilton-to-land-2026-commonwealth-games.html


Someone out there believes, really believes, in the 2026 Commonwealth Games for Hamilton and is putting serious money where their mouth is ... or at least soon will be.

The Spectator has learned that an as-yet-unidentified donor will provide a multimillion dollar endowment to seed a private-sector funding war chest to help bring the Games here.

We don’t know who the donor is but we do know it’s a massive coup — both in hard economics and as a symbolic magnet for similar private sector donations — for the volunteer group mounting the 2026 bid.

And it should resonate loudly with the public as the ‘reality’ stage of seeking the Games begins Monday morning at a city council committee meeting where the bid committee will open the official process of acquiring approval in principle for a 2026 bid.

To respect the wishes of the donating company, which prefers to make its own formal announcement soon, the committee will not reveal the identity of the benefactor nor the size of the donation. But a spokesperson for Hamilton 2026 Commonwealth Games Bid Corporation confirmed that it is well into seven figures.

The donation will go into a private sector trust fund, which Hamilton ’26 will unveil within two weeks.

PJ Mercanti, of Hamilton ’26 which pivoted from the original bid for the centenary 2030 Games, says the committee is ecstatic about the first donation, “which demonstrates the private sector’s significant commitment to this game-changing community initiative.

“The hope is that this new fund will also serve as a springboard to secure further investments. We can leverage this early momentum from other private sector and institutional partners who are committed to this Games effort.”

The goal is for the fund to eventually hit $100 million in private sector contributions. It would be used to support not just sports but all aspects of the Games movement — including affordable housing and ‘wellness’ initiatives — but could be spent only if Hamilton actually gets the Games.

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