The installation of the new turf field and track is moving full speed ahead. I was told on the weekend that the work is actually ahead of schedule. You don’t have to drive by Alumni Stadium to keep up with the progress. The photo above came from a web cam installed at the stadium back in May. You can view it in real time 24 hours a day. Just type the following Web Cam IP Address into your web browser:
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If you play around with the controls on the left, you’ll find out how to pan, tilt and zoom.
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I haven’t heard much from the University or the City of Guelph with respect to the possibility of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats playing at Alumni Stadium in 2013 but a CFL source tells me that Director of Athletics Tom Kendall and Ticats President Scott Mitchell have spoken. The Tiger-Cats are looking for assurances from the highest levels that the University and the City are serious about working to accomodate them. That leads me to believe that the Tiger-Cats may feel they wasted months talking over issues and negotiating with the McMaster Athletic Dept only to have the University’s “higher ups” quash the deal. It would seem that the Ticats have the assurances they are looking for from the University of Western Ontario and the City of London, as UWO and the Ticats are already “in negotiations”.
As I said before, Western is the early favourite because they already have a 14,000 seat stadium. More money would have to be spent on temporary seating if Guelph were to host CFL games. Guelph’s advantage is its proximity to Hamilton. So the deciding factor may be the perceived willingness of Tiger-Cat fans to travel to London versus Guelph. If 2,000 more fans will come to Guelph for the each of 4 or 5 games it may be worth spending $100,000 more on seating than would be necessary in London. Obviously it is more complicated than that. Can more 2013 tickets be sold in London/St Thomas than Guelph/Cambridge/KW/Milton/Georgetown? Maybe. But Guelph/Cambridge/KW ticket buyers are probably more likely to attend Ticat games in 2014 and beyond. I know the Tiger-Cats are very interested in regionalizing their ticket base.
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Day 5 of training camp is in the books for Canada’s Junior National Team. For the past five days John Rush, A’dre Fraser and other members of the team have been practicing at St Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX. The team opens the IFAF U-19 tournament against Sweden on Saturday @ 6pm EST. I’m not certain about TV broadcasts but I do know the game will streamed live on the web. Team Canada’s roster and schedule are here. Football Canada adds plenty of photos daily to their Facebook page.