There is always a great energy that you feel on days of Ti-Cats home games. People in bars and restaurants before games, or the great camaraderie on the Ti-Cats shuttle busses coming into the stadium area from Dundas and up on the mountain. Never mind the great scenes in the area of the stadium with the tailgaters.
It's too bad there is rarely something to fill the void in the city in the Cats off season. The Bulldogs - so far - help a tiny bit downtown - as restaurants will get a bit busy game nights - but that impact is limited.
This weekend however - a GREAT weekend for downtown Hamilton because of the 5 Garth Brooks shows. Every single hotel room downtown sold out - even had to send some of the Syrian refugees who were still being housed in the downtown hotels to St Catharines hotels for the weekend.
The result - a great vibrant scene all weekend long. Jackson Square was busy yesterday - and every bar and restaurant within walking distance has been doing great business. The scene last night and downtown traffic jams - especially between last nights two shows was crazy. So happy for downtown businesses who got a much needed boost this weekend.
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Great to see the dowtown so alive on a Saturday night! Hopefully we continue to see great weekends downtown like this more often in the future.