Hamilton Tiger-Cats Facing Possibility of CFL Relocation?
Big news out of the CFL on Monday.
Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young has apparently pulled out of stadium negotiations, leaving the Tiger-Cats' future in Hamilton doubtful.
The lease on Ivor Wynne Stadium runs out in 2011, which would evidently leave the franchise with no place to play.
Young wrote this in a letter to mayor Fred Eisenberger and members of the city council: “It saddens me to advise you that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats football club is withdrawing from any further discussions and negotiations pertaining to the siting of the Pan Am Stadium in Hamilton.”
Pan Am Stadium was suppose to be the new home for the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton after the lease on the old stadium expired.
Young wrote, “We will play out our days at Ivor Wynne. My major regret is the harsh reality that after next year, there will be no home for Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the city where we shared so much success and positive experiences together.”
Quebec City and Ottawa have already been mentioned as possible destinations for the Tiger-Cats if they are going to relocate the franchise.
However, it has been said that Young’s top priority is finding a viable home for the Tiger-Cats in Hamilton.
Young would have to receive approval by the CFL board to relocate the franchise first. An issue facing a possible move to Quebec City could be the stadium not being up to CFL standards.
The Tiger-Cats have a rich history in Hamilton—to see them go would not be a sight Hamilton residents would enjoy. Any further updates will be posted.
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