The final season of Ivor Wynne Stadium is swiftly approaching. Soon the stadium will be a pile of rubble shrouded in a haze of misty memories of games won and lost.
But what if, before it all comes down, Hamilton Tiger-Cats fans were given the chance to take home a piece of Hamilton sports history?
Here's the good news: the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have created not one but three different ways to give you a chance to own a piece of Ivor Wynne.
“There's obviously a demand. Our season seat base and regular customers have been asking about it,” said Greg Dunnett, director of retail and stadium operations for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“It's a part of history and to not do it would have been a bad decision on everybody's part.”
The supervisor of sport development for the city, Greg Maychak, says the idea started with fans who approached the Tiger-Cats.
“Ticats saw that as a great way to service their fans and at the same time service their community,” said Maychak.
Hank Wroblewski, manager of arena operations for the city, says they've been working closely with the Ticats for several months to work out the following four options.
Fans have a choice of six different framed packages ranging from the platinum package, which includes the full final season ticket set, a panoramic photo of the stadium and a piece of a goal post, a piece of turf, a piece of a seat and autographs of eight Ticat greats all in a black 36 x 59 inch frame for $799.99. On the other hand, season ticket holders can buy their seat for $74.99. This option is available now through the Ticats store.
But, if that doesn't tickle your Ticat fancy there's always option two.
On the weekend of Nov. 17. you will have a chance to buy chairs, tables and washroom signage, said Dunnett. “There will also be some memorabilia up for grabs.”
And last but certainly not least, there's the pièce de résistance.
This is where Ticats fans can unleash the competitor in them and start bidding. The online store will have unique Ivor Wynne pieces. “There are all of these really cool pieces in the auction,” says Dunnett. “Like sectional signage, our hall of fame club seats, and about 140 seats between the press box and the hall of fame.” There will also be more Hamilton Tiger-cats memorabilia available. The auction starts Nov 21 and runs until Dec 5. Just in time to make it onto your Christmas list. “These will keep your hubby happy, or your wife, if she's a 'cats fan,” said Maychak. “There'll be some great pieces to a put it into that man cave or den.”
All proceeds from the online auction and yard sale and a percentage of the sales from the frames, will be put towards the Ivor Wynne Community Fund. That money will help beautify the area surrounding the stadium and contribute to Scott Park's community presence. This includes getting get sporting equipment for kids, says Maychak. “We're glad some of the items within the stadium can go to good use and some of our citizens and fans of the team can enjoy it for many years to come.”