Ticats vow fans will behave

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats don't feel safety is an issue for opposing players or fans at Ivor Wynne Stadium this year.

The Argos play in Hamilton on Friday in their first meeting there since last year's controversial Labour Day game in which Toronto return specialist Bashir Levingston threw his helmet into the crowd after being spat on by a patron standing in an area above the visiting dressing room. Levingston's helmet hit an innocent bystander, resulting in a one-game suspension from the Canadian Football League.

Five days later in a rematch at the Rogers Centre, a patron threw something at Hamilton offensive tackle Jonta Woodard while he exited toward his team's dressing room.

CFL commissioner Tom Wright talked about the possibility of implementing enclosure in all stadiums to protect players heading to their locker rooms, but it's not mandated.

"If you're going to do something like that across the league, it has to start at the league level," Hamilton general manager Rob Katz said. "We'll be making sure we never have a repeat like (the Labour Day incident). It's not isolated to Ivor Wynne, but it's something we want to work at to make sure our players and fans have the (safest) environment."

FULL HOUSE?

This Friday's pre-season finale between the Argos and Hamilton at Ivor Wynne could attract a crowd close to the 29,000 limit because of the revamped Tiger-Cats, who humbled Toronto 31-3 last Friday at the Rogers Centre. The appearance of new Argos running back Ricky Williams gives Tiger-Cats fans more reason to hate the Argos.

Rumours last week suggested the Argos might keep Williams out of this game for safety reasons. Pending his practice and preparation, he almost certainly will play.


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