A confidential report says City staff is working with the team designing the new Pan Am stadium to make sure the facility meets its design standards.
Members of the Ontario Sports Solutions consortium are meeting with staff “all the time” to alleviate concerns, said Robert Johnston, designer with the Cannon Group.
These concerns include having a public-friendly civic square, a unique aesthetic and enough of a covering behind the stands that the neighbourhood isn't exposed to beams and the rough underside of the seating.
Those were among the concerns councillors brought up during a city planning committee meeting Tuesday, when Johnston showed the latest renderings of the new Pan Am stadium, scheduled to replace Ivor Wynne in its east-end location in July 2014.
The committee heard that the space behind the stands will be masonry at the base, and screens extending over a large portion of the sides of the mostly outdoor stadium.
This will produce a “light and airy” feeling, and the screens can be changed depending on the event being hosted, Johnston said after his presentation to the committee.
Large solid walls would have overpowered the residential neighbourhood, he said.
The screening “produces the effect of hiding all the structure, but it's light and airy, so it's more festive,” Johnston said.
Councillors had plenty of questions about the $147.5-million stadium, of which the city is paying 40 per cent. The stadium will host 32 men's and women's soccer games for the 2015 Pan Am games, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats starting with the 2014 CFL season.