It's all fixed and it wasn't that big of an issue
Stadium power back to normal for weekend Ticats game
[b][i]There's good news for taxpayers and football fans; the blown transformer at the city's problem-plagued new football stadium is fixed and ready for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats final regular season game.
The city was forced to scramble last week to bring in emergency generators for the Ticats' game against Edmonton after one of the stadium's two main transformers started to smoke and emit a high-pitched noise.
Officials were braced to pay $17,000 per game for portable generators for the rest of the season if there was a chance the remaining transformer would fail.
But manufacturer Siemens tested both transformers earlier this week and didn't find any serious problems that would warrant a costly — and time-consuming — replacement, said city facilities director Rom D'Angelo.
He said the working theory is loose bolts may have allowed too much vibration within one transformer, which takes in high-voltage power and allows it to be used within the $145-million facility at a lower voltage.
"It looks like a bit of a freak situation," D'Angelo. "There doesn't appear to have been a major design or installation issue."
He said the stadium's operating budget will cover the cost of the generators last week, but added the rest of the repairs and tests on the transformers are covered under warranty.
D'Angelo said he no longer expects to add the issue to the growing pile of stadium problems under negotiation with builder Ontario Sports Solutions, the Ticats and provincial project overseer Infrastructure Ontario.
The parties are discussing responsibility for the nearly year-late delivery of the unfinished stadium, along with latent defects and a stadium speaker that fell into the stands this June. The province, city and football team have all exchanged legal claims in the event negotiations fail to settle the multi-million-dollar financial dispute.[/i][/b]