Contractor aims for partial stadium opening for Labour Day
By Matthew Van Dongen
[b]The builder of Hamilton's delay-plagued football stadium has applied to allow limited fan access to the facility in time for Labour Day football.
The city's building department received an application for partial occupancy Wednesday morning, said city spokesperson Mike Kirkopoulos, triggering an inspection that is expected to take five days.
The application proposes to allow public use of the east side of the stadium and the lower bowl on the west side, but those plans could be modified over the coming days as construction continues.
Kirkopoulos said the application was made "based on what (the contractor) feels certain of what will be approved for occupancy."
He said there will be "clarity" around the success of the application early next week, adding public safety remains the paramount concern.
A public update on when Hamilton's long-delayed football stadium will open is scheduled for Tuesday — just five days before the Tiger-Cats are supposed to play a Labour Day game in the new facility.
But it remains unclear how soon the public — and thousands of fans who have already purchased game tickets — will learn where the Sept. 1 game will be played.
The agenda for an Aug. 26 Pan Am subcommittee meeting lists updates from city staff, the stadium contractor, Ontario Sports Solutions and the provincial agency overseeing construction, Infrastructure Ontario.[/b][url=http://www.thespec.com/news-story/4767515-new-contractor-aims-for-partial-stadium-opening-for-labour-day/]http://www.thespec.com/news-story/47675 ... abour-day/[/url]?