Sounds like the Ticats’ home opener at their new stadium is still on schedule, but won’t be completely finished until this fall.
Officials in charge of building Tim Hortons Field remain confident the stadium will be ready for Hamilton’s first home game on July 26.
But with just over a month before opening day, we have a better understanding of how ready the new stadium will be.
Fans will be sitting in a bare bones facility, without full beer or food concessions, landscaping, and maybe even a washroom or two will be out of commission.
Air conditioning for the stadium’s private suites and various club sections may also not be ready.
But Tiger-Cats president Glenn Gibson says the fans’ expectations will still be exceeded when they walk through the gates for game #1 against the Ottawa RedBlacks.
Gibson says the stadium’s food distributor, Levy Restaurants, has committed to supplying hungry football fans with game day grub.
The original completion date for the stadium was June 30.
But general manager of Public Works Gerry Davis admits Tim Hortons Field will not be 100 per cent finished until at least October.
The construction schedule for the 145-million dollar facility was set off track by bad weather over the winter and the sudden departure of a major masonry contractor.
The Ticats will receive 1-million dollars from the building consortium for each home game that is missed.
City officials, along with the Ticats, Infrastructure Ontario and Ontario Sports Solutions will attend what’s being called a full day meeting Wednesday to discuss which portions of the stadium project must be completed in time for July 26.