Published on December 5, 2012 8:27 PM by dbo.
Nothing is ever over in Hamilton, with the move to the temporary home in Guelph in 2013 and the stadium design hot topics since the season ended.
With the move to Guelph confirmed with a memorandum of understanding, the optics began to be examined quickly. Despite the shrinking number of seats, expectations in Hamilton were for discounted tickets considering the surroundings.
Then the tiering of fans for seats in the new stadium based on whether they come to Guelph blew up on the Tiger-Cats. Damage control was done, but it was another public relations nightmare for the team. From here it appears the issue to be about semantics and Hamilton fans not willing to pay the freight required for a CFL team, temporary stadium or not.
The details of the deal with Guelph were revealed, showing no surprise revenue engines for the team to stop the bleeding in 2013, but only costs upon costs.
If that wasn’t enough, the stadium design got a work over from the local politicians. Doesn’t meet guidelines, exposed steel girders, public plaza has issues. I thought the exposed girders was a nod to the old stadium and the steel industry in Hamilton. The politicians are going to put their design hats on and tweak this until it achieves the design Hamilton is deserving of (all for the same amount of money of course).