Tim Hortons Field

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Tim Hortons Field
Location Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Broke ground November 2012[1][2]
Opened July 26, 2014
Construction cost $145.7 million[3]
Capacity 22,500 + 1,500 standing room/patio (permanent)
40,000 (special events) [4]
Website http://timhortonsfield.ca
Tenants
2015 Pan American Games (soccer)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) (2014-Future)

Tim Hortons Field[5] is a multi-purpose stadium under construction in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[6] The stadium is being constructed as a Canadian football stadium to replace Ivor Wynne Stadium[7] and as a soccer venue for the 2015 Pan American Games, which are being hosted by Toronto and the surrounding Greater Golden Horseshoe region. The stadium is expected to open in September 2014, after falling behind its original completion date of June 30.

Stadium development[edit]

Initial plans for the stadium were to have the stadium be the principal "Pan American Stadium" for both soccer and track and field/athletics events, but a protracted dispute between the City of Hamilton and Tiger-Cats owner Bob Young over the location of the stadium[8] as well as a dispute over whether or not to build the running track around the playing field led the organizers of the 2015 Games to propose another stadium on the campus of York University, tentatively named York Athletics Stadium, to host the track and field events.

In 2012, the organizers of the Pan-American Games indicated that, due to financial constraints, they would be shifting focus toward venues and "clusters" that could be used for multiple events, which would seemingly eliminate the need for a new stadium that would only be used for soccer. That, coupled with a scheduling process that had soccer and rugby sevens events on separate days (thus opening the possibility that BMO Field, which will house the rugby sevens contests in 2015, could also host the soccer contests), had the potential to put the Hamilton stadium project in jeopardy. Even with these issues, the Hamilton stadium project went forward as planned.

The stadium is being built over the course of the year 2013 and early 2014 on the former site of Ivor Wynne Stadium, which was demolished in the process, and open for football in 2014. The resulting stadium will seat approximately 24,000 individual spectators for Canadian football (the CFL's minimum) under normal circumstances, with the Tiger-Cats optimistic that this figure can ultimately be expanded to 40,000 seats for special events so that the stadium can eventually host a Grey Cup contest. Among the significant changes to be made in comparison to Ivor Wynne Stadium are an increase in the width of the field to meet FIFA's international standards for association football pitches, reorientation of the field to a north-south direction, and increases in seat width, wireless communications infrastructure, bathrooms, luxury boxes, and other modern amenities. The stadium field surface will be FIFA- and CFL-approved artificial turf.[9]

On July 11, 2013, the Tiger-Cats announced that the naming rights to the stadium had been sold to Tim Hortons, the international restaurant chain originally started in Hamilton. The corporate-sponsored name will not be used during the Pan-American Games.[10]

Original proposals[edit]

Prior to the selection of the former Ivor Wynne Stadium site, there were two Hamilton locations proposed for the new stadium:

West Harbour - city preferred[edit]

The city preferred location of the stadium was on the Hamilton waterfront in the West Harbour location on a brownfield site. This site (bounded by Barton, Hess Street North, Stuart Street and Bay Street North) is located south of Bayfront Park and located southeast of the CN Rail yard. The location is accessible to Ontario Highway 403 and Barton Street West. The city plans for the area would see the expansion of current residential growth and parkland (with future connections to both Bayfront Park and Dundurn Park) in the area around the stadium. This location is accessible to public transit:

  • 2.0 kilometres from Hamilton GO Centre
  • 0.5 kilometres from nearest Hamilton Street Railway's 4 Bayfront bus stop at Colborne Street and McNab Street North (also served by nearby Routes 99 Waterfront Shuttle, 2 Barton, 3 Cannon, 8 York and 9 Rock Gardens
  • 4.0 kilometres from Highway 403 King Street West exit

East Mountain - team preferred[edit]

An alternate location was proposed by football business interests to relocate on a greenfield site on the East Mountain. The possibility that the stadium would be built on the East Mountain arose as the result of mediation talks between the City of Hamilton and the Tiger-Cats,[11] necessitated by the Tiger-Cats refusal to accept the West Harbour location, previously selected by Hamilton City Council.[12]

The East Mountain site had been subjected to criticism by Hamiltonians who cite the benefits of an urban stadium that is accessible by public transit and would remediate a brownfield property. [13]

The East Mountain site is located along Rymal Road East near Pritchard Road in Hannon. It is located near Hamilton International Airport and close access to Red Hill Expressway and the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway. Compared to the Bayfront site, the East Mountain offers public transit access and caters to patrons driving by car:

Other[edit]

A proposal by the Whitestar Group to build a stadium may have kick-started a much needed urban redevelopment on the waterfront and blend well with future city planning.[14] Though ambitious, especially for climate considerations, a retractable roof would have made the stadium an all season venue.

As of July 29, 2010, the prospect of a Hamilton Stadium for track and field will not likely materialize. Ongoing challenges by football business interests and political indecisiveness have motivated Athletics Canada to ask the City of Hamilton for a committed decision. AC is further concerned that the Ti-Cats will rip up the track following the games, thus negating any legacy value, and would prefer that the crown jewel of the Pan Am games be returned to Toronto.[15]

Possible locations for track and field in Toronto could include York University, Etobicoke's Centennial Park, or possibly a location in Mississauga if not something adjacent to the future Athletes' Village on Toronto's waterfront, conceptually and aesthetically mirroring what would have been built in Hamilton.

As of August 11, 2010, Hamilton City Council voted to build a the new stadium at a proposed downtown site.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Construction begins on $45M stadium for Toronto Pan Am Games". National Post. November 20, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pan/Parapan News". Pan/Parapan American Games. Government of Ontario. June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Goodbye Ivor Wynne, hello Tim Hortons Field". TheSpec.com. July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium Q&A’s". hamilton.ca. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games | April 2012 Venue Status Report". Toronto2015.org. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ Vanessa Lu City Hall Bureau Chief (November 6, 2009). "Toronto wins 2015 Pan Am Games". thestar.com. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ticats have no interest in playing at West Harbour". Tsn.ca. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium Q&A’s". hamilton.ca. Retrieved May 2, 2013. 
  10. ^ "New Hamilton stadium to be called Tim Hortons Field". TheSpec.com. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013. 
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  15. ^ "Nelson quarry expansion rejected; mayor delighted". TheSpec.com. October 11, 2012. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 43°15′9.26″N 79°49′48.89″W / 43.2525722°N 79.8302472°W / 43.2525722; -79.8302472