[i]And Mayor Fred Eisenberger said on Thursday that neither his office nor council received formal notification of the league’s formation, the new team or its intended use of the stadium.
“None whatsoever, ? Eisenberger said, adding he was “surprised? the announced team has a website that already states home games will be played out of Tim Hortons Field.
The Ticats dispute that interpretation. In a written statement, the team said it informed the city in a letter last May that “the Tiger-Cats had fulfilled the requirements to bring professional soccer to Hamilton.?
The team said it expected the city at that time to “finalize? the soccer licensing agreement, which called for $150,000 in rent paid annually for use of the stadium for soccer. “The city has not yet responded to that letter, ? reads the Ticats’ statement.
John McGrane, a former national club star now representing the proposed Ticats-owned soccer team, expressed hope the dispute is a “miscommunication? over the lease. “I would hope the city knows (the Ticats) have been working toward this new league in good faith.?
He emphasized the proposed team is expected to include a Ticat-run soccer academy at the stadium and pave the way to hold international soccer events at Tim Hortons Field.
“I hope we don’t lose sight of all the benefits over petty politics, ? McGrane said.
“That would be a damn shame.?[/i]
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