HAMILTON — Hamilton Sports Group Partnership, owner and operator of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Forge FC, today announced that it has received all approvals for its new ownership structure.
Both the CFL Board of Governors and the Canadian Premier League (CPL) Board of Governors had unanimously approved and sanctioned the new ownership structure. The City of Hamilton has also approved the official transfer of the master licensing agreement with Tim Hortons Field to Hamilton Sports Group.
The formation of the Hamilton Sports Group Partnership and its new ownership structure was announced in January 2022. The ownership group now includes “custodian” Bob Young, Hamilton’s flagship company Stelco Holdings Inc. (TSX: STLC) as well as the senior sports executives Scott Mitchell (current CEO of the Tiger-Cats and Forge FC) and Jim Lawson (CEO of Woodbine Entertainment).
Young remains the chairman and largest single shareholder of Hamilton Sports Group, while Mitchell becomes the managing partner.
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“It is a great pleasure to officially welcome Stelco and its President and CEO Alan Kestenbaum, my great friend and colleague Scott Mitchell of the Ticats, who was also my co-founder of the CPL and CSB, as well as Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment as owners and board members of HSG,” said Bob Young, Chairman of Hamilton Sports Group. “Their participation will help ensure that the Ticats and Forge FC continue to thrive in Hamilton for another 100 years and that we do so with great success on the pitch. »
The Hamilton Sports Group teams have both enjoyed a series of remarkable successes. The Tiger-Cats hosted and played in the CFL’s 108th Gray Cup in December – the team’s second consecutive appearance. Forge FC are one of the premier teams in the CPL, winning back-to-back titles in 2019 and 2020 and took part in the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League.
Tim Hortons Field has quickly become one of the most popular sports and entertainment facilities in North America after hosting a series of sold-out world-class events including the 108th Gray Cup, the Tim Hortons Heritage Classic the NHL as well as CONCACAF and FIFA World Cup qualifiers. matches. Along with a full slate of Tiger-Cats and Forge FC games, upcoming highlights at Tim Hortons Field include the Canadian Championship between Forge FC and Toronto FC, Nitro Circus and a special performance by the iconic band of Hamilton, Arkells, all in the month of June. The Tiger-Cats will also host the 110th Gray Cup in 2023.