The Calgary Stampeders Game Day Guide

The Calgary Stampeders Game Day Guide
The Calgary Stampeders Game Day Guide
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The Calgary Stampeders Game Day Guide

Everything you need to know to attend a Calgary Stampeders game at McMahon Stadium.

Getting ready for the game is one thing that can become an art form. Here’s my advice on how to prepare for the game like a true fan.

Rest up for the big game so you can cheer on the Calgary Stampeders.

Rest up for the big game so you can cheer on the Calgary Stampeders.

Rest up before the game

The preparation starts the night before. Get a decent night’s sleep! Game day prep can start pretty early and you don’t want to have any energy left in the fourth quarter when your team may need you the most. You’d be pretty choked if you found out your football heroes were out all night and couldn’t perform to their best. Expect the same from yourself. You can make a difference out there!

 

Get to know the Calgary Stampeders players before kickoff.

Get to know the Calgary Stampeders players before kickoff.

Do some game day homework

Jump online for just a few minutes and read an article or two about the team’s recent play. It’s never a bad thing to know a little about what’s going on. If you are a fan that replaced your blood with a sports drink because you are so hardcore, knowing who is in and out of the lineup will give you a leg up once the ball is kicked off in the conversation part of the football fan experience.

Plan ahead and take transit to the game.

Plan ahead and take transit to the game.

Take public transportation to the game

Celebrate your love of the game at the greatest tailgate experience in the CFL.

Celebrate your love of the game at the greatest tailgate experience in the CFL.

Experience a CFL tailgate party

Give yourself extra time to get to your seat before kickoff.

Give yourself extra time to get to your seat before kickoff.

Find your seat before kickoff

Give yourself time to get to your seat for kickoff. There is a bag search line that can take a while to navigate. Things you shouldn’t bring with you are pretty common sense. You aren’t going to be able to bring weapons or alcohol with you inside. There are plenty of places to get the latter inside however.

Bring cash to purchase food and drinks at McMahon Stadium.

Bring cash to purchase food and drinks at McMahon Stadium.

Bring cash for snacks

Bring cash. If you want to avoid the ATM line, make sure to grab some cash before you arrive. If the plan is to drink a few pops, wobbly or otherwise, and buy stadium food, having a few bucks in your pocket will make things go a lot faster. Alcoholic beverages run about $8.00 to $10.00, depending on what you tip. A beer on the concourse is $7.50. In the seats, a beer is $9.00 (and you should tip the Beer Guy a loonie or toonie).

Other delicacies await! Whether it’s the Huf’s Burgers Stand or the Beef Brisket Sandwich offered at the tailgate grill, McMahon is filled with concession stands that offer a little more cultured fare than the hot dogs and nachos that our ancestors were limited to. Get a taste of Stampede with some mini donuts and Freshly Squeezed Lemonade! If a hotdog is your kind of meal, try the best dogs in the building at the Pocket Dawg stand. Ketchup, Mustard, Ranch, and Nacho Cheese? Don’t mind if I do!

Cheer your face off for the Calgary Stampeders.

Cheer your face off for the Calgary Stampeders.

Fans of all ages can cheer on the Calgary Stampeders.

Fans of all ages can cheer on the Calgary Stampeders.

Cheer on your team

Cheer your face off! Show your colours, no matter what they are. Calgarians are a pretty welcoming bunch when visiting fans make their way through the stands. Expect some good natured ribbing to come your way if you aren’t supporting the Red and White, but rarely does anything more than that occur, and it’s all the spirit of fun and love for the CFL. You can feel safe wearing your home team’s jersey to McMahon!

The Calgary Stampeders play at McMahon Stadium.

The Calgary Stampeders play at McMahon Stadium.

McMahon Stadium tips

Buy a 50/50 ticket and you might be cheering for a cash prize.

Buy a 50/50 ticket and you might be cheering for a cash prize.

Buy a 50/50 ticket

Learn about the unique rules of the CFL to understand the game.

Learn about the unique rules of the CFL to understand the game.

Enjoy the Canadian game

By
Ryan Ballantine

Ryan Ballantine is a long time Calgary Stampeders fan and a member of the CFL Horsemen fan club.