It was due in early July, but won’t be opened until September. Contractor has filed for a partial occupancy permit to allow fans inside for the Hamilton-Toronto classic. No more than 75% of Tim Hortons Field will be opened.
Construction of the latest Canadian stadium hasn’t been enjoying good press in recent months as delays are piling up. While two months behind schedule doesn’t sound too bad compared to other stadia worldwide, this one is constantly missing announced deadlines, which were passed in July and August.
Now the latest game that might finally be held at Tim Hortons Field is the Hamilton-Toronto classic on Labour Day (Sept 1). However, the stadium will certainly not be fully finished by that day. The construction company filed for a partial occupancy permit that won’t include west stand’s upper tier (on the right in the below rendering) or the northern deck.
If granted, the permission won’t allow more than 18,000 fans inside, compared to the 24,000 final capacity. While Tiger-Cats are doing their best to relocate fans who bought season tickets to the western upper side, it’s already sure that catering facilities will be temporary only on Labour Day.
The Ticats' lease with the city calls for the team to be compensated more than $1 million for every home game missed due to construction delays. The city has pledged to pursue that claim with Infrastructure Ontario and the contractor.