They hope the new stadium is finished by the Labour Day Classic, but in case it’s not, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have released two back-up plans for the annual CFL tradition — and one involves Toronto.
The first option — and preferred one — is playing the game at Tim Hortons Field at 1 p.m. on Monday.
But in case the work isn’t done in time for the city to grant an occupancy permit, here are the other two:
- Playing the game at Tim Hortons Field on Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. This will happen if the occupancy permit is delayed by one day. All tickets will remain valid for the game. Fans who can’t attend on Sept. 2 will be credited for the tickets.
- If the occupancy permit still isn’t issued by Tuesday, the game will be at Rogers Centre in Toronto at 7 p.m. on Sept. 2. All Labour Day Classic ticket holders will get complimentary tickets to the Rogers Centre that are equal to the tickets they held for Tim Hortons Field.
“We are doing everything we can as an organization to be playing our game at Tim Hortons Field on Labour Day,” the club said in a fan update on Tuesday.
The team has been anxiously awaiting the new $145-million stadium, which the consortium Ontario Sports Solutions is building through an agreement with Infrastructure Ontario. The stadium, which will also host soccer games for the 2015 Pan Am Games, was originally due to open on June 30. The opening has been delayed several times, and city building officials are on site all this week ready to issue an occupancy permit.
The delay has caused the Ticats to miss three home games so far, playing them instead at a smaller McMaster University facility. Under the lease agreement for the 22,500-seat stadium, the Ticats receive $1 million for each missed home game.
The team has already contacted fans with tickets in displaced section of the stadium. Anyone with tickets in a displaced section who hasn’t been contacted should call 905-547-2287 before 10 a.m. on Thursday. The seats will be released and your account will be credited for the tickets, the club says.
Anyone with questions or concerns should call 905-547-2287.