The final Labour Day Classic at Ivor Wynne Stadium kicks off this Monday, September 3 at 1 p.m.
For the 43rd time in the 63-year history of the Labour Day Classic, the Ticats will host the Toronto Argonauts in a crucial East Division battle. In their previous 43 Labour Day meetings, the Ticats hold a 29-12-1 over their archrivals.
Purolator Tackle Hunger
Purolator is encouraging Tiger-Cats fans to help tackle hunger by bringing a non-perishable food item or cash donation to the Purolator volunteers stationed at the stadium gates. In return, fans will have the opportunity to receive a digital photo with the Grey Cup and enter a season-long random draw to win a trip for two to the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto.
Since 2003, Hamilton football fans have helped raise 268,850 pounds of food through the Purolator Tackle Hunger program – including 86,500 pounds in 2011 – for Hamilton Food Share.
Halftime will feature a performance by Syracuse University’s Pride of the Orange Marching Band. Founded in 1901, the 200-member Syracuse marching band is one of the oldest collegiate bands in the United States.
Following the band’s presentation, the Tiger-Cats will honour one of the most exciting players in team history, Earl Winfield. During his 11 seasons in Black and Gold, ‘The Pearl’ set team records for receiving yards (10,119) and receiving touchdowns (75) while also setting a new team mark for career punt return touchdowns (11). He was nominated as the Ticats Most Outstanding Player five times, named an East Division All-Star four times, and was added to the Wall of Honour at Ivor Wynne in 2005.
The music video for Arkells new single ‘Ticats are Hummin’ will also make its debut at halftime. The official anthem of the Ticats was released by the multi-award winning Hamilton band last week.
The action gets underway at the Beechwood Pre-Game Party. Beginning at 11 a.m., the Ticats will shut down Beechwood Avenue for a streetfest full of inflatable games, great eats from Smoke’s Poutinerie, and more.
The first 5,000 fans through the gates will receive a Stirling Print Solutions game roster/poster of linebacker Jamall Johnson. Fisherman’s Friend will provide samples to fans as they enter Ivor Wynne while Old Dutch will provide chips to fans after the game.
Inside the stadium, fans can exchange a loonie for a brand new commemorative 100th Grey Cup $1 coin at the Royal Canadian Mint booth, located inside the Melrose gate. The commemorative coin will be used during the coin toss prior to each CFL game in the lead-up to and during the 100th Grey Cup game in Toronto on November 25, 2012.
Fans are encouraged to be in their seats prior to kickoff to see flyovers by the B-25 Mitchell, the Fairley Firefly Mk.6 and the Avro Lancaster courtesy of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.