Tailgating still a go despite construction at Ticats parking site

If you thought the piles of demolition rubble at the old Dominion Glass site, on Chapple Street near Tim Hortons Field, seemed a little higher this spring, you’re probably right.

But that won’t prevent a small portion of the city-owned area from being lent to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats again for overflow parking on game days, the first of which is in three weeks.

“There is some more demolition work going on,” says Rom D’Angelo, the city’s director of energy, fleet and facilities management. “We took it down to ground level before, but there still are pits and basements being taken apart.”

There are also drilling tests being conducted for the environmental assessment required before work can begin to restore the five-hectare site into green space and recreational usage.

The whole site is officially a construction zone but, for Ticats games, the city cleans up and makes safe the parts that will be used for parking (and some tailgating). The construction areas are securely fenced off, and posted with warning signage.

“The areas are segregated, to be really safe,” says D’Angelo, who estimates that because of the progression of the demolition there “will be slightly less” parking available for 2018 games than last year. The Ticats, who said they are grateful to the city for the use of the site, estimate that they were able to assign about 300 parking spots there last season for fans, media and staff.

The Ticats play their first exhibition game of the season on Friday, June 1, when they host the Toronto Argonauts with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Steve Milton

Steve Milton

Steve Milton is a long-time columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame media wing in 2012.
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9 Comments on Tailgating still a go despite construction at Ticats parking site

  1. No offence to the City or the Ti-Cats or their fans but that site looks like a scene straight out of the Road Warrior

    • The whole area north of Barton street is a scene right out of Road Warrior. Industrial with a lot of abandoned factories.

  2. It will be shut down when they do the test ! they will find something, years of dumping there ! ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD

  3. Where's Shultz? // May 16, 2018 at 10:32 am //

    Too bad they couldn’t havejust moved the stadium when they had the chamce. The waterfront or east mountain would have been a way better location. Stadiums shouldn’t be in a neighbourhood with almost no parking, no accomodations, no bars/restaurants.

    • That debate is over!
      A nice stadium in a bad area is better than it used to be – a bad stadium in a bad area

  4. timbits // May 16, 2018 at 11:10 am //

    talk about a sight for sore eyes they had other options on where to build the stadium they should have played at the current site while the new stadium was being built maybe then they would have been awarded the grey cup like most cities city council gets involved and disaster strikes..

    • No there were no other options.
      The Pan Am Games committee had funding for a 15k soccer stadium. The city couldn’t come up with an alternative to meet the Pan Am games timelines.
      Any other site in Hamilton would have taken years of environmental assessments, OMB hearings, public debates and the NIMBY people.
      The present site was already approved and zoned as a stadium, the transportation system was already in place, the drainage, electrical etc already there.
      In reality they couldn’t have afforded to go anywhere else and the city would have lost the Pan Am Games funding.
      Still a lot better than it was

  5. Nice as that is, we don’t really get a decent game to tailgate until the end of July. For those of us working days, by the time you make it to the lot, it’s almost time to tear down and head to the stadium!

  6. It looks like shi*…seriously man. Embarrassing if that pile of rubble is beamed live on a home game telecast.

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