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Hello,

As you may know, Vancouver's Friends of Soccer is represented on the City Hall advisory board on the proposed Central Waterfront Transit Hub, which directly affects transit access to the proposed Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium. This is a project that intends to combine buses, all Skytrain lines, Seabus and commuter trains in one efficient, centralized building that will be a showcase on the downtown waterfront. The hub involves land that is owned by the City, as well as the Whitecaps and several other stakeholders in the area.

The City of Vancouver will be holding open houses on the transit hub next week on:

Thursday, March 5, 3pm-7pm - Waterfront Station

Saturday, March 7, 10am-2pm, Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch

Although much of the attention these days is on the MLS bid and the renovation of BC Place, it's important to remember that the Whitecaps still intend to pursue building their own stadium on the waterfront lands they own, in conjunction with a possible land swap with the Port of Vancouver. Building a proper transit hub in the area could be an important part of any compromise that may happen regarding the stadium.

I believe it's also important for us as soccer supporters to remind City Hall that we haven't gone away, and that as long as the Whitecaps regard BC Place as a temporary solution, we do so as well. We should also send the message that it's important for any Transit Hub on the Waterfront be properly designed and equipped to handle the crowds for any stadium the Whitecaps plan to build in the future.

We may be working for the long term here...maybe even 2016. But if we're invisible at these open houses next week, or at any stage in this process, we risk hurting any chance we have when the stadium issue rises again. While I realize the transit hub isn't directly soccer related, it does impact the Whitecaps stadium for the future.

If you live in Metro Vancouver or BC, please come to the open houses. If you live outside of BC, or can't make it to the meetings, please read the material at this website:

http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/currentplanning/whitecaps/index.htm

And then please e-mail your comments in support to Matt Shilito at:

matt.shillito@vancouver.ca

Yours in Soccer,

Bill Currie

Friends Of Soccer

www.friendsofsoccer.org

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quote:Originally posted by FriendsOfSoccer

Just a reminder that the first Open House is today from 3PM-7PM at Waterfront Station.

Cheers,

Bill Currie

Bill, I'll be heading down there as well, but it will be after 6:00. When will you be showing up. Incidentally, I've heard that it will be about the transportation hub only and no information about a (the) stadium.

I'll confirm. Actually, since I'm just across the street I'll quickly run down and see for myself right now.

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And yes, today's open houses are entirely about the transit hub. The key is just to remind City Hall that there is still support for the stadium, and that any transit hub built has to take the needs of the stadium into account.

I'll be down there shortly after 4PM and will probably stay until 5. Hope to see you there.

Cheers,

Bill Currie

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quote:Originally posted by FriendsOfSoccer

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Ummm...footballfreak, you do realize Johnnie was referring to Spiral's post?

Of course I do. I was referring to the fact I stole his image and concept. I'm as annoyed by Spiral's nonsense as anyone.

Having re-read my post I can see how it could be misinterpreted. I wasn't exactly firing on all cylinders when I made that post. Anyone who's ever had to recover from a hard hill running workout will understand.[:I]

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quote:Originally posted by brownbear

Bill, I'll be heading down there as well, but it will be after 6:00. When will you be showing up. Incidentally, I've heard that it will be about the transportation hub only and no information about a (the) stadium.

I'll confirm. Actually, since I'm just across the street I'll quickly run down and see for myself right now.

I'm an idiot; I had forgotten that the presentation doesn't begin until 3pm. I'll see you between 4 and 5, Biil.

BB

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Well, I've just returned from the presentation and there was nothing to whet our appetite regarding the stadium. If it does get built, it will be years. I saw Bill there and he'll be able to tell you a lot more about how a potential stadium would tie into the overall plans for the area.

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You know what...when the Whitecaps officially get the nod for MLS in a couple of weeks, the process will accelerate somewhat.

By the time they need to start thinking about shovels in ground, and piles in the ocean, a lot of these "stimulus" infastructure projects will be nearing completion. So a privately funded stadium, which would be the catalyst for the waterfront improvement will be MUCH harder to put on the back-burner by then.

I also wonder what Mr Aquilini is thinking about the possiblity of a 20,000 seat out-door concert venue potentially taking 25-50 events away from GM Place in the summer.

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Went down there myself. The hub looks really cool, they mention the potential inclusion of a Whitecaps stadium beside it. I talked to a representative for a while, they all seemed keen on it but reiterated that this is still a very primary stage.

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