Ticats to play in Guelph in 2013 if details can be worked out

The Ticats were rendered homeless in 2013 for Ivor Wynne Stadium's rebuild. Now, the team has made an agreement with the University of Guelph.
Ivor Wynne Stadium will be ready in time for the Ticat's 2014 season. (Supplied)

The Hamilton Tiger Cats are going north up Highway 6 to the University of Guelph for home games next year - as long as the two sides can overcome some logistical hurdles.

The Ti-Cats said Tuesday that the University of Guelph's Alumni Stadium will be the team's temporary home for the next CFL season.

Ivor Wynne Stadium, the team's former home, is scheduled for demolition this month to make way for a new facility.

"This is an exciting day for our organization as well as our fans," Scott Mitchell, the president of the Tiger-Cats, said in a statement. "Our commitment from day one was to keep our games as close to Hamilton as possible."

While the CFL club and the university have a memorandum of understanding, the statement said there are still unspecified 'logistical issues' that need to be resolved before a final agreement can be signed.  The two sides hope to work out those issues over the next couple of weeks.

Alumni Stadium has 4,000 permanent seats and a capacity of 10,000 for homecoming games. Temporary stands for spectator seating will be set up on the east side of the stadium for Tiger-Cats games, which will be scheduled around university athletic events.

The statement didn't specify how many seats would be added, but said the football club and the university 'will work together to maximize the capacity of the facility while respecting the constraints of the site.'

Mitchell said via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon that the football team was taking orders for season tickets in Guelph.

The Guelph site was attractive to the CFL club because it fits well with the team's regional marketing plan, Mitchell said.

The university's president, Alastair Summerlee, said the said the Tiger-Cats decision to choose Guelph over competing sites reflects the improvements the stadium has undergone.

Money from the agreement will be used to expand athletic facilities at the university, he said.