August 26, 2014

New Stadium May or Maybe Won't Open Temporarily for Monday's Ticats Labour Day Classic

New Stadium May or Maybe Won't Open Temporarily for Monday's Ticats Labour Day Classic

Full Replay:

The latest chapter in the tragic comedy that is Hamilton’s new stadium was written today during the monthly stadium sub-committee meeting.

What is the latest you say? It’s the same as the old – the stadium is getting closer to completion, but it may or may not be ready for Monday’s big Labour Day Classic between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argos.

Even if it’s “ready”, it will be a temporary occupancy with approximately half the bleachers, no elevators, no upper bowl, a minimum of washrooms, temporary food concessions, and a potential “bring your own snacks” scenario.

It appears Thursday will be the “drop-dead” date for knowing if the stadium will be open on Monday.

Statements at Committee today

A couple of key statements from today’s stadium committee meeting.

  • When asked by committee chair Lloyd Ferguson, Ontario Sports Solutions’ (the contractor building the stadium) Greg Stack stated the stadium 85% complete.
    “Our expectation for an occupancy permit is well above 50 per cent,” Stack stating of Monday’s game. “We can’t make a 100 per cent commitment”.
  • Workers are scheduled on double and triple shifts to try to get the stadium to minimum standards prior to Monday
  • Safety systems (Public announcement system, fire alarms, and sprinklers) are still being completed
  • There will be no elevators, but approximately 40 spaces for wheelchairs on a patio at field level
  • The upper bowl will not be open
  • We’ll know more on Thursday if the game will be held on Monday.