I've not yet heard the answer to this question. (My apologies if it has been answered elsewhere).
Please choose the answer you agree with most. Some of the options are funnier than others. Let your fellow fans (and the team) know what you think. Which option will make it most likely for you to continue being a season ticket holder/casual game day fan.
Team already has a hard enough time growing and keeping its season ticket holders by asking them to pay full fare to sit in glorified highschool bleachers with even less emenities than IWS ,which a temp facility would be, is asking too much.
Problems with scheduling aside …Like it or not Rogers Centre is the only other proper facility for professional football . It would be a partial if not total solution.
Ron Joyce can’t be expanded to even 15,000. Rogers has already been dismissed. During part of the process we’ll have IWS. Going to the Maritimes for a game has been mentioned. Love to see if UWO could host a game or 2 with temp seats to get it up to 18,000.
The city actually built the north stands in one off-season. Maybe they could build the lower deck new south stands in one off-season and then build the upper deck portion the next.
Another thing I didn't consider would be to (slightly) increase the sideline area by maybe 5 yards on both the north and south side. This, while moving the fans a little bit away from the action, would certainly improve the safety aspect for all players. (I don't recall a serious injury caused by the closeness of the concrete walled stands though (even before they added the padding)).
The north stands are not going anywhere. They're getting a facelift. To do as you say would mean to remove 5 rows of seating.
Add temp bleachers at the east endzone in front of the existing endzone seats, get rid of the tents and add "grey cup" bleachers there and demo / construct the new south stands.
Bleachers could also be added in the north west corner where the beer tent is.
Sure the north stands aren't moving. But if they build the south stands 10 yards further south than where they are currently that would give the extra 5 yards on each sideline if they would then move the playing area 5 yards to the south, from where it is currently.
I was just kidding.
Kidding aside I just want as much constuction work for native Hamiltonians as possible and hope that bidding will include a high % of local labour provided. :thup:
Keeping city money in the city.