Later today, the Calgary Stampeders will play their final game in the current configuration of Ivor Wynne Stadium. The obvious on-field drama surrounding the game will be extensively reported. There’s Burris vs. Calgary, Cortez vs. Hufnagel, two teams trying to set the tone for the second half of the year and many other juicy storylines.
However, let’s not lose sight of the fact a sliver of Calgary Stampeders and Canadian Football League history will be played out at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
The old facilities has it’s charms—particularly it’s quirky neighborhood location. The building just screams football to even the most casual of fans. But structurally, as Tiger-Cats fans know, it’s time has arrived.
The stadium and events surrounding it, bring back some great memories. Most of those memories stem from the Stampeders most recent visit to the building in 2010. (The Stamps and Ticats did play a Hamilton home date but it was in Moncton in 2011).
During our pre-game radio show, I exited the booth to grab a soft drink. As I walked down the way, I detected a strange odor and saw smoke billowing down the hallway coming from somewhere in the building.
Mark Stephen is Sports Director of CHQR Radio in Calgary and has broadcast Calgary Stampeder games since 1996. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkonFootball.
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