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Tim Hortons Field[6] is a multi-purpose stadium in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.[7] The stadium is a Canadian football stadium that replaced Ivor Wynne Stadium;[8] it was also 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.[9] The stadium opened in September 2014. Its original anticipated completion date was June 30, 2014.[10][11]

Tim Hortons Field
Tim Hortons Field logo.svg
Tim Hortons Field Exterior.JPG
Address64 Melrose Avenue North
LocationHamilton, Ontario, Canada
Capacity24,000[1] (permanent)
40,000 (special events) [2]
Broke groundNovember 2012[3][4]
OpenedSeptember 1, 2014
Construction cost$145.7 million[5]
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) (2014–present)
Hamilton Hurricanes (CJFL) (2014-present)
Forge FC (CPL) (from 2019, planned)


Stadium developmentEdit

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,[12] 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 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.[13]

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.[2]

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[14] and the McMaster Marauders football team played its 2016 Labour Day contest at the field in a doubleheader with the Tiger-Cats.[15] The Hurricanes returned to the field twice in 2017, the latter being its own Labour Day contest.[16]

In January 2015, Canadian Interuniversity Sport awarded Tim Hortons Field hosting rights to the 52nd Vanier Cup, held in November 2016.[17]

Forge FC, a new soccer team, to be owned by the Tiger-Cats, will play at the stadium in the Canadian Premier League starting in 2019.[18]

Construction issuesEdit

Since the stadium opened in 2014 there have been numerous issues regarding the quality of the construction. The City of Hamilton has spent upwards of $2.5 million in fixes and safety repairs.[19] The list of issues includes, but is not limited to; replacing rain-damaged television screens, faulty baby-changing tables, installing draft beer lines, improving ventilation, leaky expansion joints as well as faulty floor drains.[20]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b "Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium Q&A's" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 12, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "Construction begins on $45M stadium for Toronto Pan Am Games". National Post. November 20, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  4. ^ "Pan/Parapan News". Pan/Parapan American Games. Government of Ontario. June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Goodbye Ivor Wynne, hello Tim Hortons Field". July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  6. ^ "Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games | April 2012 Venue Status Report". Archived from the original on March 28, 2013. Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  7. ^ [2] Archived November 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Vanessa Lu City Hall Bureau Chief (November 6, 2009). "Toronto wins 2015 Pan Am Games". Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  9. ^ "CIBC Hamilton Pan Am Soccer Stadium". Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Tim Hortons Field finally finished, but Hamilton officials low-key". Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "The high cost of Pan Am: What legacy will Hamilton's new stadium leave behind?". Retrieved September 10, 2017 – via The Globe and Mail.
  12. ^ "Ticats have no interest in playing at West Harbour". Retrieved October 28, 2012.
  13. ^ "New Hamilton stadium to be called Tim Hortons Field". July 11, 2013. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  14. ^ "The path less travelled: From CJFL to CFL – Hamilton Tiger-Cats". Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  15. ^ Staff, 3Down (May 3, 2016). "Ticats partner with Mac to supersize Labour Day". Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  16. ^ "TIGER-CATS TO HOST TWO HAMILTON HURRICANES GAMES AT TIM HORTONS FIELD – Hamilton Tiger-Cats". Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  17. ^ CIS football: Hamilton to host Vanier Cup in 2016 and 2017 from Canadian Interuniversity Sport, January 18, 2015, retrieved 2016-01-18.
  18. ^ Milton, Steve (November 15, 2016). "New Canadian pro soccer league makes major hire". The Record.
  19. ^ "Tim Hortons Field needs more repairs: Hamilton councillor". 900 CHML. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  20. ^ Staff, 3Down (2017-05-10). "City of Hamilton on the hook for another $500k in stadium repairs". 3DownNation. Retrieved 2017-05-11.

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