The end of the Labour Day Tradition - why?

What is the real reason behind the Argos not coming to Hamilton for Labour Day? The CFL really fumbled the ball on this one.
A tradition that Hamilton fans have looked forward to all year, a guarantee of the largest crowd of the year.

"Failing to schedule the Argonauts in Hamilton has to be one of the biggest bonehead marketing moves since the invention of the San Antonio Texans"

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Seriously? We covered this when the schedule came out. Due to Skydome's schedule the blue team couldn't play on Monday and then again on the following Thursday. Plus, the Labour Day game hasn't always been against the blue team.

Seems like columnist had a deadline and went off spouting "tradition" until he reached his word count.

It will be beneficial to the team and city not having the blue team here on Labour Day. Too many people (usually youthful) make this game their only appearance at IWS, get drunk, look for trouble. The road to the Grey Cup runs through Montreal so if anyone actually cares about the TiCats the game on Labour Day will be huge.

Labour Day Classic

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Toronto Argonauts 13-28-1
Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Wildcats 28-13-1

Did not play the following years:
1946, 1947, 1952, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1969,
1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979,
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990,
1995, 2011

I know we have discussed it before, the reason why I posted this link to the Sun was that it raises some good points.
Scheduling conflict? I don’t buy it. The CFL could have re-written the schedule around their most high profile games. This has been an ongoing tradition non-stop for the past 16 years.
The Labour Day game has been a money maker for the Ticats and for the ratings on TSN. I will be curious to see what the attendance will be with Montreal coming to town and how the ratings compare on TSN.

The blue team is not top priority at Skydome. Any league has to schedule its games by when the venue is available

Sixteen years is not exactly a lengthy tradition. In Europe that's not even a good start.

Hamilton area people need to support all TiCats games, not just Labour Day against the hated team from Toronto.

I blame it on the Canadian player ratio rule. Bet if we didn't have that they would have given us the blue team on LD. :wink:

Oh Banshee , you are GOOD! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Pat Lynch(the old guy)

When she's good, she's very, very good.
But when she's bad, she's BETTER!

Nice one, Banshee.

Labour Day in Hamilton would have meant the Argos play 6 of thier first 9 on the road. It would have also meant that the Argos go well over a month without hosting a home game, for the second time in the season.

It also would have meant the Argos would have been hosting 5 games in 6 weeks later in the season.

As with most things, a post-mortum over this change is necessary before determining whether it was a bad move or not. It may in fact work out for the best. We just don't know. I'm just worried about facing Montreal twice in the next few weeks. I'm sure they are pissed about our last meeting. :wink:

Should prove to be interesting over the next few weeks.

Who cares and is it really going to matter anyways when the Argos are:

  • Ottawa based
  • Moncton/Halifax based
  • merged with TigerCats

any of which could easily happen post 100th Grey Cup. Good on the CFL for getting on with what I think is an eventuality fairly soon. :thup:


End of a tradition???

Gimme a break..GET SERIOUS, "IT"S ONE GAME" :roll:'ve had the reason for the change explained and who said it wouldn't go back to Labour Day next year?

Besides, Ivor Wynne Stadium will probably be out of commission for Labour Day at least once as they rebuild it!


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This article in the Toronto Sun is full of lies. The real reason is Rogers/Blue Jays gave the Argonauts terrible days to pick from and the Argonauts would have been on the road for 6 out of the first 9 games !!

Thats why there is no Labour Day Game between Hamilton and Toronto

I emailed the writer and he was told !!
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Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun has writen this artilce that couldn't be farther from the truth. The real reason there is no Labour Day Game between the Argos and Ticats is because Rogers/Blue Jays gave the Argos such terrible days to pick from that it would have put the Argos on the road for 6 of there first 9 games.

In addition, he slames the CFL and his reporting on attendance figures is false, not to mention numerous other statememts.

I emailed him and set him straight ! :wink:

Since this article was printed this morning in the Toronto Sun, the title has been changed originally is was CFL MAKES BONEHEAD MOVE and the paragragh explaining the reasoning has been added !!


I am curious.

What would people have preferred:

  1. a home game on Labour Day against an eastern rival (Montreal)
  2. a Labour Day game against the Blue Team in Toronto (with a follow up game in Hamilton the next week)

With Toronto's schedule option 2 may have been possible. Personally I am happy with the decision to keep the Labour Day game in Hamilton. What do others think?


He makes a few half decent points.....and there WERE less than 15,000 people in the Skydome...........for the preseason game.

But face it, he works for Sun Media. Nobody takes those people seriously.

Although I don't look at the Sun any more, did for a while many years ago, just wondering if the writer is a regular CFL writer or a once-in-a-blue-moon writer, writes on.the CFL when not much else going on that he regularly covers? :?

I just checked the Blue Jays' schedule. They have a home game on Labour Day. So option 2. would have to be a non-Labour Day game (Sat or Sun.), which in my opinion, makes option 1 even better.


Take a look at Hamilton's schedule after Labour Day. They only host three games out of nine at Ivor Wynne Stadium (Sept 16: Edmonton, Oct. 7: Winnipeg, Oct. 22: BC). Moncton is a home game in name only, but it's more of a neutral-site game. Why is it OK for Hamilton to play six games away from Ivor Wynne but not the Argos?

And I have long gotten over not playing Toronto on Labour Day. It sucks, but it's only one year. But the excuse that the Argos would have played six of nine is BS when looking at the Tiger-Cats' schedule.