Ticats will play 2013 season at Alumni Stadium

I knew something was up when I looked at this blog’s daily stats at 5:30 this morning and saw there had been almost 200 new “views” since midnight. That’s unheard of when you consider I haven’t written a word in the previous 8 days. Most of the hits were on posts I had written regarding the Tiger-Cats search for a 2013 home and the renovations to Alumni Stadium. So there was no surprise at all when I heard the news on the radio …

University of Guelph’s Alumni Field To Host Ticats in 2013

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League and the University of Guelph have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that could see the Tiger-Cats call the University of Guelph’s newly-renovated Alumni Stadium their home for the 2013 season.

“This is an exciting day for our organization, as well as our fans,” said Tiger-Cats President Scott Mitchell.  “While they’ve been incredibly anxious to hear news about the 2013 season, the amount of interest we received from across the country was staggering. We wanted to be thorough and careful with all options but our commitment from day one was to keep our games as close to Hamilton as possible so our phenomenal fans and season seat holders could enjoy their beloved Tiger-Cats in 2013.”

Mitchell continued, “With the University of Guelph’s Alumni Stadium located just 17 minutes from the City of Hamilton’s northern border, combined with its gorgeous setting, we think our fans will love this solution.  It’s also a perfect fit for our very successful regional marketing campaign and we look forward to working with University of Guelph to make this happen.”

“We are delighted that Guelph was chosen,” remarked Alastair Summerlee, President of the University of Guelph.  “It reflects the quality of the upgrades that we’ve made to Alumni Stadium and speaks to the reputation of the University and the City of Guelph. It will also help raise our profile, support the continuing expansion of our athletic facilities and bring business to Guelph.”

Read the full text of the article at ticats.ca

Check out the University’s press release and the Guelph Mercury’s article – U of G President delighted Tiger-Cats chose Guelph for more local details and opinions.  What is nice to hear is that all accounts say … Proceeds from the agreement will support the Gryphon athletics fundraising campaign. As part of U of G’s BetterPlanet Project, the Gryphon campaign is expected to help fund a new fitness and recreation complex.

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2 Responses to Ticats will play 2013 season at Alumni Stadium

  1. Has there been any response from the Western camp?

  2. birddawg says:

    Peter, can you please suggest that it would be at great marketing move to have Guelph host the 2013 Grey Cup. This way the Gryphons could win the Vanier Cup Saturday, and the Guelph Tiger Cats could win the Grey Cup on Sunday!

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