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#1 On the Level

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 07:48 PM

Looks like Westhills in Langford is to be upgraded to 8,000 permanent seats.  This should be the largest stadium with Centennial Stadium being 5,000 seats and Royal Athletic being 3,800.

 

Royal Athletic has grown to 9,200 seats with the use of temporary seats, but I suppose you could increase the capacity of Centennial or Westhills the same.

 

 

 

“We have put money aside in our recreation fund and we work with the development community,” Young said. “We move the red tape and bureaucracy out of the way.”

 

I'm not sure what Stew Young means when he says they will work with the "development community"?  Is it being subsidized by a nearby development?

 

http://www.timescolo...eats-1.23188068

 


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#2 Lorenzo

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 08:33 PM

Who actually OWNS this stadium? Langford, Keycorp, Westills, a P3? If anyone really knows for sure please share with the group.


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#3 On the Level

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Posted 01 March 2018 - 09:34 PM

From 2008, when a new 4,500 seat stadium was to be built at the Westshore Parks and Rec;

 

 

"Because we believe WSPR will still build a 4,500 seat stadium, we scaled ours down to 1,600" said Young

 

I remember this from the kerfuffle this created by the possible replace the Velodrome Cycling Track.  Instead they rebuilt the track.  

 

I could only find reference to it on pressreader.....This was from a Nov 19 2008 Times Colonist article.

 

https://www.pressrea...lonist/20081119

 

I guess the WSPR stadium is dead.



#4 aastra

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 09:55 AM

 

I suppose you could increase the capacity of Centennial or Westhills the same.

 

Don't quote me but I think you might be able to get a fair bit more temporary seating at Centennial Stadium.

 

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Strange but true, earlier this week I had a dream that Langford was building a big new stadium for a CFL team. Really odd coincidence, I don't know if I've ever had a dream about Langford let alone about a new stadium in Langford. I realize that the stadium they're planning is just a community facility, but still...

 


Edited by aastra, 02 March 2018 - 09:56 AM.

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#5 On the Level

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Posted 02 March 2018 - 09:58 PM

Don't quote me but I think you might be able to get a fair bit more temporary seating at Centennial Stadium.

 

 

Strange but true, earlier this week I had a dream that Langford was building a big new stadium for a CFL team. Really odd coincidence, I don't know if I've ever had a dream about Langford let alone about a new stadium in Langford. I realize that the stadium they're planning is just a community facility, but still...

 

According to Wikipedia, Centennial was expanded to 30,000 for the games.  Looking at Westshore's stadium, there isn't much room to expand.  Perhaps 12 to 14K but that's just a guess.

 

They are not pushing it as a community facility but a regional district one....with a connection to federal sports.  

 

 

 

The Rugby Canada offices are located behind Westhills Stadium. The adjacent $7.9-million Al Charron National Training Centre indoor facility has been under construction since last fall and is nearing completion.

http://www.timescolo...ntre-1.23092882

 

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#6 rambaldi

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 07:19 AM

Meanwhile...

 

 

“Langford has refused to approve the funding requests needed to maintain West Shore Parks and Recreation service levels for their residents,” reads the release. “Langford rejected the 2017 budget on the grounds that their contributions should be reduced because they have invested elsewhere. Langford did not offer to involve West Shore Parks and Recreation in the establishment of other facilities, nor have they proposed any cost sharing agreement related to those facilities for West Shore Parks and Recreation owner municipalities to consider. As a result, West Shore Parks and Recreation has been underfunded, and has had no choice but to propose a deficit budget for 2018 that depletes the organization’s reserves by more than $225,000. This is not a sustainable financial plan.”

 

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 11:24 AM

Interesting.....I remember reading a number of articles over the years that reveals some of the issues with WSPR...here is one.  

 

Langford entered an agreement to help pay not only it's share, but also gave money to Colwood and Highlands to help get WSPR started.  Metchosin declined to pay anything.  This arrangement was be phased out by 2023.

 

Since then, the other municipalities (WSPR) keep voting down expansions needed for Langfords growing population, forcing Langford to build it's own facilities outside of the WSPR.  Langford now pays for 3 recreation centres.    

 

WSPR was unable/unwilling to meet the needs of the Westshore, forcing Langford to go it alone, to the benefit of surrounding municipalities.  They are now continuing to try to maintain a collaborative financial model while vetoing the needs of the Westshore.  It's no surprise that Langford is walking away from WSPR.

 

http://timescolonist...model-1.1741351


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#8 Mike K.

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Posted 03 March 2018 - 01:46 PM

Thanks for that, OTL. I had suspected the situation wasn’t quite as cut and dry as it was being made out to be.

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