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Statement from the City of Hamilton on Tim Hortons Field litigation and status of soccer license agreement with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Hamilton, ON - August 14, 2017 - As previously communicated publicly, there is currently no soccer license agreement in place between the City of Hamilton as operator of Tim Hortons Field, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Tiger-Cats’ soccer option under their license with the City expired in May 2016. A new negotiation between the parties would be required for the Tiger-Cats to bring soccer to the stadium. As of today, the City of Hamilton has decided not to pursue any business related to soccer at Tim Hortons Field until the stadium litigation is resolved.

As previously stated, the City of Hamilton has worked hard and in good faith to try to resolve the Tim Hortons Field litigation. However, the parties (contractors Ontario Sports Solutions (ONSS), Kenaidan Contracting, and Bouygues Building Canada; the project manager, Infrastructure Ontario; The PanAm organizing committee (Toronto2015), City of Hamilton, and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats) have been unable to reach a resolution to date. The City was not responsible for the construction of the stadium. It is confident in its position in the litigation and is committed to ensuring no additional costs for the stadium be passed on to its taxpayers.