Ticats reportedly getting new stadium
By QMI Agency
|Instead of renovating Ivor Wynne Stadium, the Tiger-Cats will now build an entirely new stadium for the club. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency file photo)
Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton won't just be getting a facelift as expected.
No, it appears the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' home is getting a whole lot more work than a little nip, tuck and fresh makeup.
Instead, a new, 22,500-seat stadium will be built on the site of 29,600-seat Ivor Wynne, according to a report in the Hamilton Spectator.
Hamilton city manager Chris Murray says in the report that the new stadium will cost the same amount -- roughly $152 million -- as was originally budgeted for the renovations. The plan approved by city council in January, was for the south-side stands to be replaced and the north grandstand to be replaced.
But plans changed in the spring when planners found they could not safely convert the north-side bleachers into seats. And the life expectancy of the north side stands, based on safety, was assessed at 10-15 years.
So, voila, a new, albeit smaller, stadium. And with the same price tag as the reno project.
"We don't anticipate any additional costs to the city," Murray said in the report. "We have an increase in detail and a much more informed design, so we were able to cost (the project) out more accurately."
The changes to the Tiger-Cats' home stadium building plans came up briefly during discussion at a special general issues committee meeting about the costs for the 2015 Pan Am Games velodrome being built in Hamilton.