Drew posted some dire news for local TiCats fans last night...
After 6 months of ongoing discussions, McMaster University stunned the TiCats yesterday by abruptly informing them that they cannot play any part of their 2013 nomadic season at the university’s Ron Joyce Stadium.
The team had hoped to play as many as 5 home games at Ron Joyce Stadium, and now must find alternative measures.. (i.e. Western, Moncton, Toronto etc etc)
I have the feeling that with the influential residents in west Hamilton surrounding Mac, it's a matter of NIMBYism and many in the area do not want to endure 2 months of occasional (game day) heavy traffic and inconvenience.
Emergency hospital fears seem baseless and bogus (emergency entrance is quite a distance away on Main St) as does student inconvenience or disruption as most games would be during class off-hours (at night) or weekends.
Mac would have known all these so-called concerns for a long time so why the last minute decision? It must have come down to 1) resident's NIMBYism and 2) not enough money being offered by the TiCats.
IMO, McMaster has received a black eye thru this action, especially when constantly asking the community for support.
Remember when Mac was building their Brand New Stadium with the majority of money donated by David Braley, where did Mac Football Play ?? Ivor Wynne Stadium !! The City of Hamilton helped out Mac for a couple of years, probably didn’t charge them a penny !! And all the revenue went to Mac. Some games got over 10,000. Now when the Community needs there help McMaster University turn their back on the Community !! Way to Go Mac !!
Oh! Montreal, McGill is played on a University Campus with very limited access and a hospital nearby and they make it work every year for 10 games, and Mac can’t do the City a favour for a onetime 5 games.
The reasons Mac listed sound reasonable to me. Traffic congestion would be a problem there just like it would have been at West Harbour.
Unless something miraculous like BC's temporary stadium becomes viable, Hamilton fans will either have to road-trip to home games or watch them on tv. Thank your city council and former mayor for this mess.