I feel bad for the City of Hamilton, Bob Young & the entire Tiger-Cats organization.
Think back to February 2019 when the Commissioner of the CFL announced that Hamilton had been awarded the right to host the Grey Cup game in 2021 . . . most Hamiltonians were so excited as the Tiger-Cats unveiled their plans for a week long national celebration to honour Canada's brand of football.
Jump ahead 30 months to 2021 . . . we are navigating our way thru a global pandemic as best we can . . . CFL football has arisen from the ashes, and the Grey Cup will once again be awarded after a one year hiatus . . .
But here we are a mere 10 or 11 weeks removed from that event, and the City of Hamilton ( & the CFL) don't even know how many fans will be allowed into THF on that day. Instead of barreling full steam ahead implementing their plans for a Grey Cup week jam packed with exciting events, the organizers must be working on multiple contingency plans instead. Very sad, for a City that was so looking forward to hosting its first Grey Cup since 1996.
On tonight's Blue Jays broadcast, it was announced that the Toronto Blue Jays are seeking permission to increase their attendance to a maximum of 30,000 fans for the final home stand & playoffs (if they make it that far).
I am quite certain that the City of Hamilton & the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club want to be viewed as "good corporate citizens", but if they are expected to host this national celebration that we call Grey Cup week, they need some decisions from the authorities who are responsible for setting these policies.
Even if we ignore COVID-hesitancy for the moment, how can the CFL expect to sell tickets to fans in Saskatchewan or Manitoba (or Dundas for that matter), if those fans don't even know if they will be allowed to enter the stadium??
In my opinion, this national celebration should be granted a one time exemption to allow the City, the Tiger-Cats & the CFL to plan on selling out THF with the expanded capacity that they have been planning all along. But that decision needs to be announced soon . . . if that announcement is not made soon, well, you know what they say about "the best laid plans" . . .
Many moons ago Cream had a hit song titled, "Born Under a Bad Sign"; and in that song, the late Jack Bruce used to sing,
"If it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all . . . "
Who could have anticipated a global pandemic back in Feb 2019 ??
What says yee . . . ??