Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Team logo
Based inHamilton, Ontario, Canada
Home stadiumTim Hortons Field (2014–present)
Head coachOrlondo Steinauer
General managerDrew Allemang and Shawn Burke
Owner(s)Bob Young
LeagueCanadian Football League
DivisionEast Division
ColoursBlack, gold, white[1][2]
Nickname(s)Ticats, Cats, Tabbies
Grey Cups8 (1953, 1957, 1963, 1965
1967, 1972, 1986, www.ticats.ca Edit this at Wikidata
Current uniform
CFL HAM Jersey.png
Current sports event2020 Hamilton Tiger-Cats season

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are a professional Canadian football team based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. They are currently members of the East Division of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The Tiger-Cats play their home games at Tim Hortons Field.[3][4] They were founded in 1869 as the Hamilton Football Club (nickname "Tigers"). In 1950, the Tigers merged with cross-town upstart Hamilton Wildcats and adopted the nickname "Tiger-Cats".[5][6]

Since the 1950 merger, the team has won the Grey Cup championship eight times, most recently in 1999. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club also recognizes all Grey Cups won by Hamilton-based teams as part of their history, which would bring their win total to 15 (the Hamilton Tigers with five, Hamilton Flying Wildcats with one and Hamilton Alerts also with one).[7] However, the CFL does not recognize these wins under one franchise, rather as the individual franchises that won them.[8] If one includes their historical lineage, Hamilton football clubs won league championships in every decade of the 20th century, a feat matched by only one other North American franchise in professional sports, the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings of the International League. None of these three teams won a championship in the first two decades of the 21st century.

In their first forty years of existence the Tiger-Cats qualified for the playoffs in all but three of those years and won seven Grey Cup championships. They are one of six teams in the modern era to win the Grey Cup at home and were the first to accomplish this when they did it in 1972. However, since 1990, they have missed the playoffs on eleven occasions and have won just one Grey Cup in 1999 (and have the longest Grey Cup drought of both the current East Division teams and in all the CFL). Their lowest moment came when they lost a CFL record 17 games in one season with just one win during their 2003 season.[9] The franchise has started to return to prominence after qualifying for the post-season in eight of the 10 years of the 2010s decade, including appearances in the 101st, 102nd, and 107th Grey Cups.[8]


Hamilton Tiger-Cats wordmark

The owner/caretaker of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Football Club is businessman Bob Young, who purchased the club on October 7, 2003. He was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and graduated from Victoria College at the University of Toronto. His fortune was earned in the software industry and he is currently the owner and CEO of Lulu, a self-publishing website.[10]

As of 2011, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Executive Committee consists of four people: Bob Young, Caretaker; Scott Mitchell, CEO; Doug Rye, Executive Vice President; President and COO Matt Afinec; and Vice Chairman Glenn Gibson.[11]