The Hamilton Tiger-Cats were informed on Friday that a plan is in place to allow the team to play the Labour Day Classic at Tim Hortons Field.
The City of Hamilton issued the team the following statement regarding the progress of the team's new facility.
"After a meeting yesterday that was attended by all parties relevant to the construction of Tim Hortons Field, and with further detail provided today, the building consortium of ONSS has presented a plan to have the stadium ready for the Labour Day Classic. We have seen very significant progress in the last month and look forward to continuing to work with ONSS to ensure the opening of Tim Hortons Field for that important event. After playing their August 16th game at McMaster's Ron Joyce Stadium, we will work with the Tiger-Cats and all parties to transition the City of Hamilton and the team into the stadium."
The Ticats were initially scheduled to host the Ottawa Redblacks at Tim Hortons Field on July 26, however that game as well the team's July 31 match against the Blue Bombers and their August 16 game against the Calgary Stampeders were all relocated to McMaster University's Ron Joyce Stadium.
The Labour Day Classic will take place on September 1, when the Tiger-Cats will host the Toronto Argonauts.
"We were very pleased to hear ONSS has a plan in place that will see Tim Hortons Field open for the Labour Day Classic," Tiger-Cats president Glenn Gibson said in a statement. "Kicking off the first game at our brand-new, world-class stadium on Labour Day will truly be a memorable day in Hamilton sports history."
The team also noted that fans who purchased tickets to the August 16th game originally scheduled at Time Hortons Field will receive a credit or refund for the full value of each ticket purchased.
The Tiger-Cats spent the entire 2013 season at the University of Guelph while the stadium was being constructed.