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The Himilton Ti-Cats will provide a gift of $450,000 toward the university’s new athletic and recreation centre

U of G unveils deal with Hamilton Ti-Cats

The parameters that will shape the deal between the University of Guelph and the Hamilton Ti-Cats have been released, and it’s shaping up to be a big win for the university.
Under the deal, which will see the Ti-Cats play at least the majority of their 2013 home games at Guelph’s Alumni Stadium, the university will cover few of the costs and will be paid $500,000 in addition to various other benefits.
The agreement will be temporary while the Ti-Cats await completion of a new stadium to replace Ivor Wynne Stadium, where they will return for their 2014 season.
Though a definitive agreement has not been reached, an outline called a memorandum of understanding was made public Wednesday. The document, which was signed last month, expires on Jan. 31, 2013, by which time a definitive agreement should be signed. Under the memorandum, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will play a minimum of one pre-season and six regular season games, and a maximum of one pre-season and nine regular season games at the stadium.
In return, the team is to provide a gift of $450,000 toward the university’s new athletic and recreation centre – “to be recognized with an appropriate naming opportunity,” the memorandum says. The team will also contribute $50,000 to help cover additional operating costs associated with the deal.
The memorandum also says the Ti-Cats will “be responsible for all costs associated with hosting the team at the university.”
This, it seems, would include costs to the city, as the document says the team will work with the university and the city to arrange police coverage, security, emergency medical services and additional transit needs.
It goes on to say, “costs regarding such arranging and all such services to be covered by HTC (Hamilton Tiger-Cats), including all of the university’s out-of-pocket expenses.”
Some other cost-incurring Ti-Cats responsibilities set out in the memorandum include:
Ti-cats cover:
• Responsibility for all game-day operational costs, including security, traffic, parking, transit and operations staff, and cleanup.
• Ensuring the university receives a minimum of two commercial spots on each national broadcast, plus other game features – a total estimated value of $150,000.
• Arranging for buses for fans coming from Hamilton to help reduce parking congestion.
• Potentially hosting the Vanier Cup at the stadium, at no financial risk to the university.
• Responsibility for all damages to the facility and any claims arising from use of the facilities.
• Liability insurance and any other forms of insurance required by the university.
• Responsibility and costs for all facility installations, adhering to all building codes, accessibility requirements and university policies.
• Proving two internships for U of G students for each of the next five summers.
U of G covers:
Meanwhile, the university will:
• Provide use of stadium and parking facilities for pre-game setup and facility renovations.
• Provide a project manager to work with the Ti-Cats on all logistics.
• Cover the newly installed track to avoid extraordinary wear and tear.
• Provide parking for Ti-Cats use during game days and provide parking in two lots for the full season.
The Ti-Cats will be handling corporate sponsorship and will use temporary field logos that will be removed after each game. The Gryphons’ logo will stay at centre field – a perk that has been valued at $250,000.
The team will also handle concessions, receiving all the proceeds after all costs incurred by the university have been paid.

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