Friday 8 June 2012

What's Next With Mac Out?

So Mac's out.

The decision was made yesterday by the university that they will not host any Tiger-Cat home games in 2013. It is an unfortunate turn of events, especially considering the recent history between the university and the tea, The Ti-Cats moved their training camp practices from Brock University to McMaster not long after Bob Young bought the team, and Ivor Wynne Stadium hosted McMaster home games while the Marauders were homeless while Ron Joyce Stadium was being costructed. It would have been nice for McMaster to return the favour, but alas it is not to be.

Playing games at Mac during the 2013 nomad season was brought on by the correct belief that the Cats want to play as many games as close to Hamilton as they can. What the team lost in seating capacity they gained in being as close to their permanent home as possible. But now that McMaster has pulled out, the team is forced to look elsewhere. Where might that elsewhere be?

The obvious, and likely, choice is Western. When discussing what comes next, The Caretaker himself, Bob Young, said that Western is the most likely destination now that Mac has said no. But Western isn't the only choice. The University of Guelph is a possibility; so to is Moncton, if only for a game or two.

And don't forget about Toronto. While the Argos have a hard enough time getting the dates they want for their games, it is possible the Cats will try to play a few games at the Rogers Centre SkyDome next year. The Labour Day Classic will be there, but a few other games could be played there as well (even ones not against the Argos).

The only thing we know for sure is that the team will not be playing any games at McMaster. Where there will be playing, however, is still a mystery.

1 comment:

  1. My prediction:
    Moncton 2
    Quebec 1
    Skydome 3
    OUA 3

    By "Quebec" I mean one of the universities. By "OUA" I'm thinking one game in London, one in Guelph, one at Brock.

    We'll be fine. Just another chapter in the TiCats and CFL history book - the nomad season...gypsies...traveling Wilburies