After just returning from Grey Cup in Winnipeg. I'm not sure Hamilton is ready to host a Grey Cup.
The city Of Winnipeg and downtown seems much bigger than I expected with more Downtown hotels, a large renovated convention centre and ample taxi's and transportation.
The Stadium is much larger and beautiful in person and is in a pretty open area with lots of room for parking and bus transportation around the stadium. The whole complex around it seems huge. The transportation to and from the game was pretty slick (but still slow). Rows and Rows of buses. IMO much nicer venue the THF, which I was surprised about.
Lots of great restaurants and bars around the MTS Centre were the Oilers play which is right downtown. Hung out at the Shark club quite a bit walking distance from my hotel. Many restaurants and venues to host team events and hospitality parties.
Attendance was only 35,000 but the stadium easily handled that. (though there was some congestion in the concourse which gave me THF dejavu. Lots of outdoor room for tailgating outside the venue which were actually accessed with your game ticket so didn't have to wait to enter. (cool fire pits to boot every where outside).
To see the scale of this event in person, I'm having trouble visualizing Hamilton doing the same. Yes, I was at 1996, and it was great, but I'm not sure a beer tent on King street, an outdated arena/convention centre and poor transportation can cut it anymore.
Anyone else attend...thoughts? I'm sure there will be many opinions...let's have 'em!