Tim Hortons Field

Tim Hortons Field
Location 64 Melrose Avenue North
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8L 8C1
Capacity 24,000[1][2] (permanent)
40,000 (special events) [3]
Broke ground November 2012[4][5]
Opened September 1, 2014
Construction cost $145.7 million[6]
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) (2014–present)
2015 Pan American Games (soccer)

Tim Hortons Field[7] is a multi-purpose stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[8] The stadium is a Canadian football stadium that replaced Ivor Wynne Stadium[9] and a soccer venue for the 2015 Pan American Games, which were hosted by Toronto and the surrounding Greater Golden Horseshoe region. During the Pan American Games, it was referred to as CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium.[10] The stadium opened in September 2014. Its original anticipated completion date was June 30, 2014.[11][12]

Stadium development

Initial plans for the stadium were for it to be a principal Pan American stadium for soccer and track and field/athletics events. However, disputes between the Tiger-Cats owner, Bob Young, the organizers of the 2015 Pan American Games, and the City of Hamilton arose over the location of the stadium,[13] among other things, including whether or not a running track should be built around the proposed stadium in Hamilton.

In 2012, the 2015 Pan-Am organizers indicated that, due to financial constraints, they would be shifting their focus toward venues and "clusters" that could be used for multiple events, which might eliminate the need for a new stadium that would be used only for soccer, and they proposed another stadium on the campus of York University, tentatively named York Athletics Stadium, to host the track and field events. That, coupled with a scheduling process that had soccer and rugby sevens events on different days (thus opening the possibility that Toronto's BMO Field, which would house the rugby sevens contests in 2015 and might also be able to host the soccer contests), had the potential to put the Hamilton stadium project in jeopardy. Nonetheless, the Hamilton stadium project went forward as planned.

In July 2013, it was announced that Tim Hortons, the international restaurant chain that originated in Hamilton some fifty years earlier, had acquired naming rights to the stadium.[14]

The new stadium was constructed in 2013 and into early-mid 2014 on the site of the former Ivor Wynne Stadium, which was demolished in the process, and it opened for Canadian Football League (CFL) football in late 2014. The stadium currently seats approximately 24,000 spectators for Canadian football, with expansion potential to boost capacity to more than 40,000 seats for special events (such as hosting a Grey Cup contest) in the future. The design of the new stadium also increased the width of the field to meet FIFA's international standards for association football pitches; reoriented the playing field to a north-south orientation (in contrast to its former east-west orientation); increased the seat width and leg room/corridor space to make it one of the most spacious among Canadian sports venues; incorporated extensive wireless communications infrastructure and state of the art washroom facilities, as well as luxury boxes, and other modern amenities. The stadium field surface is FIFA- and CFL-approved artificial turf.[15]

The CFL's Toronto Argonauts played two home games at Tim Hortons Field in 2015, due to clashes with the MLB's Toronto Blue Jays playoffs games. The stadium has also occasionally hosted special games for Hamilton's amateur football teams; the Hamilton Hurricanes of the Canadian Junior Football League played a game in the stadium in 2015[16] and the McMaster Marauders football team played its 2016 Labour Day contest at the field in a doubleheader with the Tiger-Cats.[17]

In January 2015, Canadian Interuniversity Sport awarded Tim Hortons Field hosting rights to the 52nd Vanier Cup, to be held in November 2016.[18]

See also


  1. http://www.worldofstadiums.com/north-america/canada/tim-hortons-field/
  2. http://www.ticats.ca/tim-hortons-field-overview
  3. "Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium Q&A's" (PDF). hamilton.ca. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  4. "Construction begins on $45M stadium for Toronto Pan Am Games". National Post. November 20, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  5. "Pan/Parapan News". Pan/Parapan American Games. Government of Ontario. June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  6. "Goodbye Ivor Wynne, hello Tim Hortons Field". TheSpec.com. July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  7. "Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games | April 2012 Venue Status Report". Toronto2015.org. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  8. Archived November 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. Vanessa Lu City Hall Bureau Chief (November 6, 2009). "Toronto wins 2015 Pan Am Games". thestar.com. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  10. CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium
  11. "Ticats have no interest in playing at West Harbour". Tsn.ca. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  12. "New Hamilton stadium to be called Tim Hortons Field". TheSpec.com. July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  13. "Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium Q&A's" (PDF). hamilton.ca. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  14. http://ticats.ca/the-path-less-travelled-from-cjfl-to-cfl/
  15. http://3downnation.com/2016/05/03/ticats-partner-with-mac-to-supersize-labour-day/
  16. CIS football: Hamilton to host Vanier Cup in 2016 and 2017 from Canadian Interuniversity Sport, January 18, 2015, retrieved 2016-01-18.

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

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