By Kevin Werner, News Staff
The Hamilton councillors this week questioned why the Tiger-Cats were holding an auction, and yard sale to sell off pieces of Ivor Wynne Stadium without first getting city approval.
But Scott Mitchell, president of the football club, said councillors about a year ago approved a partnership between the city and the club to hold both events for charity.
"This is a win-win for everybody, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to charity," said Mitchell. "They endorsed it more than a year ago. It will provide a great deal of help to people. We have zero benefit for these events.
Hamilton councillors asked city staff at their public works committee meeting Oct. 15 to provide details on an on-line auction, and yard sale the football club, is trumpeting as “a chance to own a piece of history” by selling off pieces of the stadium, from seats, and signage to chairs and tables, which will benefit a local community fund.
“The Tiger-Cats will be offering these pieces for purchase through several outlets …” stated on the club’s website.
“What is happening? It’s our equipment, it’s our building,” said Ward 7 councillor Scott Duvall. “We own it.”
Duvall said he discovered some advertisements over the weekend informing the public about the sale. He questioned why councillors didn’t get a report or even some input into how the auction would be held.
“Who is sponsoring it? Who picks the charity?” said Duvall.
Mitchell said it was city officials who selected the charity that would benefit from the proceeds.
Gerry Davis, public works general manager, said city staff has been working with Tiger-Cat representatives to co-ordinate the event.
“The Cats are not doing this on their own,” he said.
Davis told councillors a number of city staff have been co-ordinating the events in partnership with the Tiger-Cats.
The football club, through its website, is offering to sell a piece of a goal post, a piece of turf, a piece of a seat, plus autographs of eight Tiger-Cats, all contained on a black 36” by 56-inch frame for $799.99.
Season ticket holders can buy their seat for $74.99.
The football club is also holding a stadium yard sale Nov. 17 for people to buy chairs, tables and washroom signage. There will also be an online auction beginning Nov. 21 until Dec. 5, for people to bid on sectional signage, club seats, and other stadium items.
The proceeds from the online auction and yard sale, plus a percentage of the sale from the souvenir frames will be put towards the Ivor Wynne Community Fund to beautify the area surrounding the stadium. Funds will also be contributed to the Scott Park community.
Duvall, along with his colleagues from the public works committee, wanted further details about the auctions, and to determine what charity the funds are going to.
Toronto Pan Am 2015, and the Ontario government revealed Oct. 13, design plans to rebuild Ivor Wynne Stadium, that is expected to cost about $145 million. The company selected to oversee the project takes possession of the stadium Dec. 1.