A battle is brewing over the use of the new Pan Am Stadium for soccer.
On one side is the pro soccer partnership with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and on the other is a Toronto squad that says it’s ready to play next year.
The deal with the Ticats gave the team exclusive rights to bring a pro club and training academy to the stadium in exchange for 150-thousand dollars in annual rent.
However, the deadline for finding a team has passed without a franchise.
The Toronto Lynx Soccer Club approached the city in August with a plan to move to Hamilton and turn pro.
But there’s a catch.
The Lynx want exclusive soccer rights for the stadium.
That means the City of Hamilton would have to abandon its deal with the Ticats by November.
Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young calls the discussion “premature” because his club and the city are still negotiating a stadium usage deal.