OPTIONS FOR HOSTING GAMES IN 2013
News that Hamilton will need a completely new stadium on the site of Ivor Wynne did not catch the Tiger-Cats off guard.
In fact, the recommendation to demolish the 81-year-old facility is the result the team was hoping for, given that it will allow them to play in a facility that is up to modern standards in every way.
It's being projected that a completely new stadium can be built on budget. But with construction set to begin immediately following the 2012 season, that leaves one rather large problem still to be solved.
Where are the Ticats going to play the 2013 CFL schedule?
The team is in the process of exploring its options which include playing games at Hamilton's McMaster University or in London, Ontario. Extra dates at the Rogers Centre, alternate-site games in Moncton or Quebec City, or playing some home games in the visitors' stadium could also be an option.
That all figures to be sorted out within the next few months, but look for the Ticats to play most of their games in 2013 as close to home as possible, rather than having a full-blown barnstorming tour.
A challenge certainly, but one the Ticats believe will be well worth the end result.