Soccer fans are getting a new message from BC's opposition party, but can it be trusted?
B.C. soccer fans are scratching their heads at the mixed message they're getting from the NDP on whether they will, or won't support upgrading BC Place Stadium for the 2011 arrival of the MLS. On a local radio station NDP caucus member is trying to do damage control on the party's ad campaign that slammed plans for renovating the stadium.
Farnworth told TEAM 1040 sport business commentator Tom Mayenknecht that the BC NDP “supports” the current $365 M BC Liberal government plan going into the May 12th provincial election. Asked to clarify the party’s position on the BC Place renovation plan first announced by the BC Liberal government last May, Farnworth told Mayenknecht: “It’s going ahead. It’s in our capital plan and we want to make sure it’s in place for the inaugural (MLS) season in 2011. We’re looking forward to it. We’re very excited about it.”
The comments this morning on The Sport Market on TEAM 1040 and team1040.ca helped dispel widespread confusion – and concern – expressed by those following a series of online caucus statements, web-based advertising and media comments made by provincial New Democrats over the past 45 days.
Last week CityCaucus.com reported about building outrage in the soccer community about the NDP's attacks on the stadium upgrade. The NDP plan for kiboshing the stadium renovation also earned this rebuke from sportcaster Jim Mullen over at CKNW.
Despite Farnworth's assurances that his party plans to move forward with a redevelopment of BC Place, the NDP's website still has a page posted attacking the plan as too expensive (bet they drop this page or re-write it significantly before long). The NDP ask, At times like these, why choose a Lamborghini when a Honda will do just fine? By "Honda" do they mean you can simply attach a spoiler on the Dome to make it look like it can host the MLS? Surely, patient soccer fans deserve better.
Judging by the tone of BC soccer fans online, Carole James will have to do nothing short of writing her promise to rebuild BC Place in blood. Here are some keeper quotes:
The NDP are great in opposition. They manage (always) to find the one guy or one family who truly is getting screwed over and point this out to the media.
Problem is when they actually win, all bets are off. They are like a bull in a China shop. I honestly think they have a Robin Hood persecution which is blame all rich people and give all the money to the poor.
The New Dumbocrats make my blood boil. They wasted $465 million dollars in taxpayers' money on the fast ferries, and now they want to cancel renovations to BC Place that would be self-financing and would bring millions of dollars into the local economy?
If the renovations are nixed, you can kiss MLS goodbye as well.
Get the word out! Vote for soccer! Vote Liberal!
picking on soccer and bc place stadium will not garner them a wit of extra support-- they should be trying to rewrite their candidate selection process which is gender, racial and physically biased-- the ndp keep 'shooting themselves in the foot' and then blame the media, etc for their defeats-- ndp= NON-DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Soccer fans are a passionate lot, so it's not surprising to read comments like these. Whether Farnworth's vague reassurances amount to what soccer fans want - an open-air retractable roof in a revitalized BC Place - or what they don't, such as a simple replacement of the teflon dome, is hard to tell.
Given the damage done, it's quite possible that the NDP are going to have to try and win on May 12th without the support of B.C.'s soccer fans.