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By lawrence (registered) - website | Posted September 29, 2010 at 11:06:48

Anyone want a good read, head over to the HPL. They have Ivor Wynne Stadium scrapbooks. I only read from 1957 to 2009, but what an eye opener. The first page you turn to, back in 1957, The Spec writes about the city deciding whether or not to build a new stadium at Kings Forest Golf course, or rennovate Ivor Wynne. How ironic was it that that is how my research started. It's a common theme every so many years from 1957 until 2007 when this latest 'build new or rennovate' process started. That and astroturf have been very popular topics in that scrapbook. The astroturf one obviously doesn't come up until the 70's when we rennovated in preperations for the 1972 Grey Cup in Hamilton.

They have some beautiful negatives of the old Civic Stadium when it was first built as well. I sat and stared at them for a good hour. There was still some open space around the stadium then, but it was still for the most part lined on a couple of sides with houses. There was a baseball diamond where Brian Timmis Stadium now is, cricket pitches, etc.

I am sure at today's COW meeting at 4pm in council champbers, we will all find out that this is all but a done deal.

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