Hamilton approves stadium renovation
Hamilton city council has voted unanimously in favour of a plan to renovate Ivor Wynne Stadium for the 2015 Pan American Games.
The proposal now goes to the Pan Am Games organizing committee for approval.
This afternoon's vote came a day after the Ontario government stepped in with about $22.5 million to cover a funding gap in the $152-million project.
The renovation involves the complete reconstruction of 15,000 seats in the south stands at Ivor Wynne, along with a 10,000 seat renovation in the north stands.
Hamilton's share is about $54 million and the stadium will serve as the new home for the CFL's Tiger-Cats.
It has yet to be decided where the Tiger-Cats will play for one season while the work is carried out, but the football club will deal with those costs.
Ticats owner Bob Young says the team looks forward to beginning a new tradition in its historic location.
"Today's announcement is very positive news for the Pan Am Games and the legacy of amateur sports," Young said in a release.
"We look forward to working with all parties to transform the plan into a facility that will make us all proud," he said.