It was Burlington residents who were the movers and shakers behind getting the Grey Cup game to Hamilton for 2021.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

February 27th, 2019



There was a time when the Honorary Colonels for the two regiments based in Hamilton were residents of Burlington.

There was a time when people in Hamilton were giving consideration to moving the football team to Burlington – that one turned out to be wishful thinking of a property owner.

Ivor Wynne stadium

Ivor Wynne Stadium the home of the Canadian Football League team, The Hamilton Tiger-Cats is found in a residential area in Hamilton east end. The stadium was built in 1930 to host the British Empire Games, becoming the home for the Tiger Cats in 1950.

The holding of the Grey Cup in 2021 is now more than wishful thinking. It’s a fact and the smart thinkers are lining up to get their ticket orders in. The true believers in Hamilton are planning for the victory parade. The Tiger Cats have to first get to the point where they are actually in the Grey Cup game.

The Tiger Cats have won the Grey Cup eight times – they won it during a home field game in 1972 when they defeated the Saskatchewan Rough Riders in a thriller of a game..

A local resident brought to our attention that it was Burlington residents who made the big, big difference in getting the 2021 Grey Cup game to Hamilton.

Randy Ambrosie tosses a football as he speaks during a press conference in Toronto, Wednesday July 5, 2017. The CFL says Ambrosie will serve as the 14th commissioner in league history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Randy Ambrosie CFL Commissioner

Randy Ambrosie the Commissioner of the CFL, and an Aldershot/Burlington resident along with Matt Afinec, a lifetime Burlington resident and President of the Hamilton Tiger Cats were the movers and shakers that made it happen.

Matt Afinec_Super_Portrait

Matt Afinec, President of Hamilton Tiger CAts

Matt is also a member of the board of directors of the Burlington Foundation. Jim Lawson the Chair of the CFL, and President of Woodbine Entertainment grew up on North Shore Blvd in Aldershot which is almost as good as living in the city.

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