There has been lots of talk about where the team will play in 2013, and I thought I would share my 2 cents. I've been a season ticket holder since the "Drive to Stay Alive in '95". Although a disappointment for many that Mac won't be a fit in 2013, I am even more excited about the possibilities in London, at the University of Western Ontario. I've been driving from London to Hamilton for most of those years. It takes me an hour and a half to drive from my home in the Northeast corner of London, to get parked on the street beside Ivor Wynne. That is not far. I have 3 season tickets. I know there must be close to a thousand (or more) season ticket holders from the London area. This is an opportunity that cannot be underestimated. We have a chance to regionalize the team even further, and extend the reach of Tigertown to make London it's own.
Understand my thoughts as I elaborate a little more. Hopefully, some people in the Ti-Cats organization are listening. I fit the demographic dream: University educated, late 30's, great job, and I have some influence among some well connected Londoners (including my fellow employees at the largest public sector employer in the city - who just happens to be the title sponsor of the UWO stadium). Every year, I take 20 to 30 friends and/or co-workers to games in Hamilton, to introduce them to Ti-Cat football. I would be able to get 100's to games in London. I travelled to Moncton last year. The experience there could be tripled with a real "home field" advantage in London. The infrastructure is superior to Moncton. I was at the Argo/Ti-Cat pre-season game at TD Waterhouse Stadium in 2003. Double that crowd would creat such buzz in the city, that it would instantly take over the social media spotlight, newspaper coverage, radio and local TV. You can't buy that publicity to expand the fan base.
This will work, and is the best option. Don't let the opportunity pass. In my opinion, the Mac decision is the best thing to happen to the Ti-Cats ... they just don't know it yet. It's not only because I will relish the opportunity to have one year where I'm not driving three hours on home games ... although that will be nice. I can guarantee the stadium will be full every game. You will create new Ti-Cat fans for life and enhance the supply/demand ratio for future games at the new stadium in Hamilton, with the fans you will creat in the Forest City. It seems like the stars have aligned.
Than you Mac! Make TD Waterhouse Stadium home in 2013!!!