Ivor Wynne Stadium

Ivor Wynne Stadium (formerly known as Civic Stadium) is a Canadian football stadium located at the corner of Balsam and Beechwood Avenues, two blocks west of Gage Avenue North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

The stadium was originally constructed in 1930 to host the 1930 British Empire Games, though playing fields had stood on the site since the city bought the land from a local farmer in 1913. The stadium, which currently seats 30,000 for football, has been the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL since 1950.

The stadium consists of a large grandstand on one side of the field, with a small section curving around the end zone, and a separate grandstand on the opposite side of the field. The stadium was heavily rebuilt in 1970-71 and renamed for Ivor Wynne, the former chairman of the city Parks Board, in 1971. From 1971 to 1975, Ivor Wynne’s 34,500 seats made it the largest stadium in the CFL.

Ivor Wynne was the second facility in Canada to use Astroturf, after Empire Stadium in Vancouver. In the 1980s, the west endzone bleachers were removed for the addition of a new scoreboard, dropping capacity to approx. 29,500. A subsequent retrofit of the north stand lower east section for handicapped access in the 1990s dropped capacity further to just under 29,000.

Ivor Wynne Stadium Parking, Hamilton Tiger Cats Parking Information and Tips

The Hamilton Street Railway in partnership with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats is offering the Ticket to Ride program for all 2010 home games. This will allow loyal Tiger-Cats fans to board the HSR and DARTS vehicles FREE of charge with a valid game ticket on game days. DARTS clients must book their trip in advance. Not only are you getting a FREE ride to and from the game and the chance to hang out with fellow fans - you are doing your part to help improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion by riding the bus to the game!

Pick Up Locations: University Plaza, Eastgate Square, Lime Ridge Mall, Downtown

Ticats Express shuttles will drop passengers off before the game on Melrose Avenue. Fans can enter the game at the Melrose Gate and should exit the Melrose Gate in order to take shuttles back to their original stop. New for this year is that buses destined for downtown and Lime Ridge Mall will depart from the north side of Cannon Street, just east of Melrose after the game. Buses destined for University Plaza and Eastgate Square will depart from Melrose, just north of Cannon.

Game shuttles will begin to depart these locations two hours before the start of the Tiger-Cats game. Tiger-Cats ticket holders can board any regularly scheduled HSR bus for FREE three hours before the official game time until the end of service for that day. Taking the bus can save you money and is better for the environment.

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