The beauty of Ivor Wynne is every seat has a good view of the field. But I would suggest that you sit in the lower sections closer to the fields. Box J is right behind the players bench and its filled with season ticket holders. So it maybe tough to get a tickets in that area. Section 7 is beside Box J and its usually free plus its at a lower price point.
Pretty sure the gates open 2 hours before game time. Please note, pretty sure there is no in and out policy at Ivor Wynne. So once you go in you can't get out.
I would suggest you come about 3 hours before game time, park at Lot J which is across from the stadium and costs $20 to park. Then you can soak up the best tailgating experience in the CFL and then leave about 1.5 / 1 hr before game time to walk around IWS and amaze at the steel structure, beautiful bathrooms and great concession areas that has served the City of Hamilton to well for 82 year.. :rockin: