The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Tuesday that they will play most, if not all their 2013 home games at the University of Guelph’s newly-renovated Alumni Stadium.
“This is an exciting day for our organization, as well as our fans,” said Tiger-Cats president Scott Mitchell in a news release. “While they’ve been incredibly anxious to hear news about the 2013 season, the amount of interest we received from across the country was staggering. We wanted to be thorough and careful with all options but our commitment from day one was to keep our games as close to Hamilton as possible so our phenomenal fans and season seat holders could enjoy their beloved Tiger-Cats in 2013.”
Mitchell noted Alumni Stadium, located just 17 minutes from the City of Hamilton’s northern border. “We think our fans will love this solution,” he said “It’s also a perfect fit for our very successful regional marketing campaign and we look forward to working with University of Guelph to make this happen.”
The Memorandum of Understanding between the Cats and the university identifies several logistical issues that the university and City of Guelph need to resolve prior to a final decision. Discussions will take place over the next few weeks.
With more than 4,000 permanent seats and a capacity of close to 10,000 at Alumni Field, temporary premium hosting areas will be available around the field while temporary spectator stands will be erected for Ticats games on the stadium’s east side that will increase capacity to about 15,000.
Ivor Wynne Stadium, the Tiger-Cats’ previous home venue in Hamilton, is scheduled for demolition this month. A new, world-class facility will open in Hamilton in 2014.