JANUARY 31ST SPEAKER -Dave Watkins #HamTiCats

Ron introduced Dave Watkins, PR person for the Hamilton TiCat CFL Football organization.  In his introduction Ron mentioned the fact that the image of Hamilton to Canadians is twofold, 1. Steel town and 2. Ti-Cats, indicating the importance to Hamilton’s image of the Ti-Cat club.Image 

Dave’s talk included his experiences working many years with the Toronto Argonaut’s CFL Club’s management and now with the Ti-Cat organization.  2013 will be a challenging year for the club; a new head coach, home games at the University of Guelph football stadium, winning the 2013 Grey-Cub and switching over to the new Hamilton Pan-Am stadium in 2015.  Reception from the city of Guelph officials, the University and the press has been very positive and warm.  Although the 2013 schedule is not known yet, much work and organizational work for the Guelph facility is ongoing. Major ones are allocations and signage of the seats, parking etc. To facilitate attendance for Hamilton and area fans, it is planned to provide comfortable highway style busses from areas parking lots in Hamilton and area.  Much of the talk centered on the new Hamilton stadium features, ways and means to retain present fan’s loyalty and attracting new fans.  Although the seating is reduced from the Ivor Wynn facility, the addition of corporate boxes and other changes will keep paid ticket seats at present levels.  The new stadium will not only physically turned, but technology services planned will be the most modern ones of any stadium. Wi-Fi feed to personal apps and many features should be an initiative for fans to leave their comfortable couch, HD TV and head for the stands.  Food and drink availability will be much expanded from the traditional hot dogs and coke and will be expanded to include many specialty foods.  The stands will be pitched differently from the old facility, bringing the seats closer to the field, at the same time providing increased space on the field sites for the player’s safety.  Plans to resolve parking is already underway.  Providing remote parking lots and shuttle services from these to the stadium are under consideration. Bob Young is providing $37 million in funds to add many features required to meet CFL standards. Other benefits to the community anticipated are; improved revenue to the City and expansion of school programs to promote football and to encourage more healthy life styles by students.  After fielding many questions, Andre thanked the speaker for his time and updates.

 

JANUARY 31ST SPEAKER -Dave Watkins #HamTiCats

Ron introduced Dave Watkins, PR person for the Hamilton TiCat CFL Football organization.  In his introduction Ron mentioned the fact that the image of Hamilton to Canadians is twofold, 1. Steel town and 2. Ti-Cats, indicating the importance to Hamilton’s image of the Ti-Cat club.Image 

Dave’s talk included his experiences working many years with the Toronto Argonaut’s CFL Club’s management and now with the Ti-Cat organization.  2013 will be a challenging year for the club; a new head coach, home games at the University of Guelph football stadium, winning the 2013 Grey-Cub and switching over to the new Hamilton Pan-Am stadium in 2015.  Reception from the city of Guelph officials, the University and the press has been very positive and warm.  Although the 2013 schedule is not known yet, much work and organizational work for the Guelph facility is ongoing. Major ones are allocations and signage of the seats, parking etc. To facilitate attendance for Hamilton and area fans, it is planned to provide comfortable highway style busses from areas parking lots in Hamilton and area.  Much of the talk centered on the new Hamilton stadium features, ways and means to retain present fan’s loyalty and attracting new fans.  Although the seating is reduced from the Ivor Wynn facility, the addition of corporate boxes and other changes will keep paid ticket seats at present levels.  The new stadium will not only physically turned, but technology services planned will be the most modern ones of any stadium. Wi-Fi feed to personal apps and many features should be an initiative for fans to leave their comfortable couch, HD TV and head for the stands.  Food and drink availability will be much expanded from the traditional hot dogs and coke and will be expanded to include many specialty foods.  The stands will be pitched differently from the old facility, bringing the seats closer to the field, at the same time providing increased space on the field sites for the player’s safety.  Plans to resolve parking is already underway.  Providing remote parking lots and shuttle services from these to the stadium are under consideration. Bob Young is providing $37 million in funds to add many features required to meet CFL standards. Other benefits to the community anticipated are; improved revenue to the City and expansion of school programs to promote football and to encourage more healthy life styles by students.  After fielding many questions, Andre thanked the speaker for his time and updates.