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.
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!
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.
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. 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 $10.75. It's always a good idea to tip the Beer Guy a loonie or toonie if you get your beer in the seats.
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! 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!