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Tuesday August 10, 2010
A council meeting Tuesday in Hamilton is expected to be standing room only for a very public political cat fight over the future of the city's CFL franchise.

Hamilton city councillors, meeting as the committee-of-the-whole, will be debating a report on the site of the city's Pan Am stadium. That stadium was to be the new home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but after clashes over where the site should go, team owner Bob Young pulled out of the planning Monday, taking much-needed cash with him.

Adding pressure to all the Pan Am politicking are rumours the franchise could be pulling up stakes for Quebec City.

Councillors backed putting the stadium in the city's west harbour, a site not supported by the Ti-Cats who proposed a compromise site on the east Mountain.

In a letter to Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger on Monday, Young dug in his heels on his opposition to the west harbour site.

"I cannot be part of a process that destines us to financial failure before the first shovel goes in the ground," Young wrote. "I regret that over the course of the past year, you have not been sensitive to our concerns as your tenant.

"My major regret is the harsh reality that after next year, there will be no home for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the City where we shared so much success and positive experiences together."

Council meets Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. but that won't be the end of the Ti-Cats controversy. Any recommendation councillors make on the Pan Am stadium site still would have to go to city council on Thursday. Continued...


Hamilton tackles stadium issue
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