With just under three weeks until the Home Opener, the City of Hamilton has confirmed the Tiger Cats won’t be playing at Tim Horton’s Field on July 26th.
Nor will the stadium be ready for the July 31st game.
The city says the facility will not be safe and ready for occupancy by then, adding they will review the construction status again at the end of July and provide a further update at that time.
The football club’s President, Scott Mitchell, says the team will play the first two games at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium and add that fans who have purchased tickets to the first two games at Tim Horton’s Field will be issued a credit or refund for the full value of each game.
Below is the statement released by the team.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that due to construction delays at Tim Hortons Field, the team will host its first two home games – July 26 vs. Ottawa and July 31 vs. Winnipeg – at McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Stadium.”Today’s meeting with Toronto 2015, Infrastructure Ontario, ONSS and the City of Hamilton has made it clear that it would not be possible to safely deliver a game experience that would meet our standards within the current timeframe. As a result, we will now host our first two home games at Ron Joyce Stadium. After holding our home pre-season game on campus last month, we know that we can deliver an outstanding entertainment experience at McMaster. In the coming weeks, we will have greater certainty regarding our August 16 game, but the builders remain adamant that Tim Hortons Field will be ready no later than Labour Day,” said CEO Scott Mitchell. “While we are disappointed our fans will have to wait to visit our incredible new stadium, we know the world-class experience provided at Tim Hortons Field will exceed everyone’s expectations when it is complete.”
Statement from Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina: “My thanks to all involved in trying to have the stadium ready for July 26th. Anyone who has driven by the work site knows the tremendous effort that is going into the construction of Tim Hortons Field. Although we have fallen short of some early games of the 2014 football schedule, the eventual opening of this wonderful and historic facility will be well worth the wait.”
Fans that have purchased tickets to these games will be issued a credit or refund for the full value of each game. Details about the games at McMaster will be released Tuesday.