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Ivor Wynne Stadium

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Ivor Wynne Stadium (originally known as Civic Stadium) is a Canadian football stadium located in Hamilton, Ontario. The stadium was originally constructed in 1930 to host the British Empire Games, though playing fields had stood on the site since the city bought the land from a local farmer in 1913. The stadium, which currently seats 35,000 for football (with the ability to expand to about 50,000 for special events using temporary bleachers, like the 1996 Grey Cup championship game), has been the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the CFL since 1950. The stadium consists of a large grandstand on one side of the field, with a small section curving around the end zone, and a separate grandstand on the opposite side of the field. The stadium was heavily rebuilt in 1959 and renamed for Ivor Wynne, the former chairman of the city Parks Board, in 1970. Ivor Wynne was the first facility in Canada to use Astroturf, or indeed any other artificial surface - a trend that has been followed by almost every major sports facility in Canada. The stadium was renovated again after the 2002 football season and had a new FieldTurf playing surface installed. Shortly following the 2003 season a new scoreboard was erected in the west end of the stadium dubbed; Dofasco Tiger-Vision.

Ivor Wynne has hosted the Grey Cup twice, in 1972 (with a win by the home town Tiger-Cats) and the infamous but thrilling 1996 Snow Bowl.

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