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Wednesday August 11, 2010
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are threatening to leave town.

Ticats owner Bob Young sent Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger a letter Monday hinting that he will move the Canadian Football League club from the city.

The team and the city have been engaged in a debate over where a new stadium - to be used as a soccer venue in the 2015 Pan-Am Games - will be located.

Young wrote that his team will no longer take part in the stadium decision process.

“I regret that over the course of the past year, you have not been sensitive to our concerns as your tenant,” wrote Young, who bought the Ticats out of bankruptcy in 2003. “My major regret is the harsh reality that after next year, there will be no home for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the city where we shared so much success and positive experiences together.

“We will play out our days at Ivor Wynne (Stadium).”

It is unclear where Young, who grew up in Hamilton, might look to move the team. He was not available for interviews Monday.

The city of Hamilton spends about $1 million a year to keep Ivor Wynne Stadium operational. The Ticats’ lease at the facility runs through the 2011 season, at which point they could look to relocate. Continued...


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