By Mike Nabuurs, special to the News
For the past four years I have been the stadium announcer for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
During that short period of time I have seen my fair share of adversity and I’m not talking about the football being played on the field.
There was the last season at Ivor Wynne Stadium, a classic old venue with a ‘best before’ date long past.
Then there was Guelph. Turning a 5,000 seat University football field into a CFL experience for 14,000-plus took a great deal of effort from many and in the end the Cats went all the way to the Grey Cup.
That brings us to this season, which got off to a rocky start, not just for the ’Cats on the field but for the fans who have had to deal with squeezing into Ron Joyce Stadium at McMaster while we wait for the new stadium.
Ah, yes, the stadium. With construction running late and each home game up in the air as to where it will be played, it has been a trying time for everyone.
As we approach the Labour Day Classic, the complaining and arguing over “our stadium” has reached a fevered pitch. I have squeezed myself into the tight confines of the broadcast booth at Mac this season, I sat out in the rain and cold with a hacked together plywood desk for my papers and microphone last year in Guelph and I have waited for the new stadium.
Like the brutally cold winter that slowed down construction of the stadium, we have all had to just endure. The fans have had to endure, the players have had to endure, the coaches and management of the Tiger-Cats have had to endure.
However, what we have all had to endure as well is all the same old arguments. The pointless debate about where the stadium should have been built.
Generating all of that negative energy to fight old fights over and over again does nothing to move this community forward. The “shoulda, woulda, coulda” set must be drowned out by those of us who want to make lemonade with our lemons.
The city of Hamilton will have a brand new state-of-the-art stadium. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have a new “field of dreams” and we will come together as a community to cheer on our team. Anything else, is pointless.
Mike Nabuurs is a Mountain resident and the morning show host for 1150 CKOC. If you would like to write in this space, call editor Gord Bowes at 905-664-8800 ext. 335.