Tremendous news for the Ti Cats, The City of Hamilton, the Caretaker, and the CFL in Southern Ontario.
I would rather not dwell on what may be going on elsewhere with playoff tickets etc. but rather be estatic that CFL is alive and fantastic in Southern Ontario.
For Hamilton this is great and should spur a revitalization of sports within the city and the metro areas.
Ivory Wynn was falling to pieces, Copps Center was built for the NHL but the combo of Leafs-Sabres and the ridiculous plan to move the NHL to cities like Atlanta(for a second time), Phoenix, and Miami.
Making the best of it the BullDogs picked up as an AHL tenant and are now one of the longest standing AHL franchises and have a perfect affiliate in the Habs.
Global Spectrum has taken over management and have already gotten corporate naming sponsor, FirstOntario, and upgraded reno's are taking place.
With a pro soccer franchise in the NASL looking great on the Horizon at THF. FirstOntario center will also be looking to add tenants and more events to come to Hamilton. Sky could be the limit as NLL Lacrosse is huge and the season of the dormant MLL Nationals entering the NLL indoor circuit to go with the Rock as well as into upstate NY in Buffalo and Rochester.
Basketball has become huge in southern Ontario and the prospects of a NBL C club or a possible Raptors D-League team would just add more to Hamilton.
Not to mention bids for Grey Cup now, Team Canada mens and womens soccer, AHL all star game, Junior hockey events, and be great to see the Habs have a pre season exibition in Hamilton at FirstOntario as well as a Marlies-Bulldogs AHL outdoor classic at THF and not Ivory Wynn.
Lets hope the Argos get the heck out of the Toronto Proper Downtown area and into a growing city and region outside Toronto Proper. One with its own idendity similar to what they have in Hamilton.