Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Bruce County, ON
The CFL Manitoba --> BC is completely different then Ontario/Quebec.
I've been to games in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver and the atmosphere is completely different then here.
Hamilton's new stadium is good - I have no complaints - but the fans are unknowledgeable about the game and spend a lot of time looking at cell phones and drinking. It could be in a better location (I almost stepped in a pile of used syringes when I parked for the home opener), and the wind is ridiculous giving a directional advantage. I usually get free tickets to most games as well so the cost is pretty low to be a Tiger-Cats fan.
Toronto is sad. I paid more to park at BMO field then I paid for tickets to the game! I went to the Hamilton game there this year and it was 3/4 empty, and the fans were wearing 40% Toronto, 40% Hamilton, and 20% Saskatchewan gear. Very weird vibe for a game, but I do like the stadium, it feels safe around the area, and the Argos do put a lot of time and money into non-football events around the stadium and during the game. Just nobody shows up....wish Hamilton had a stadium and extras like the Argos put on for a gameday experience.
Ottawa - haven't been yet since the Redblacks started playing. The Renegades were my last experience and I don't think it is a fair comparison for the CFL today...
Montreal has the worst stadium I've ever been to. The seating is directly on concrete "steps" with lines painted on them. Absolutely freezing in the cold weather! How this is an improvement over Olympic Stadium, beyond costs, is beyond me. I've never been to a stadium with worst seating.
The games I've been to in Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver were completely different experiences - knowledgeable fans, very friendly, and have good fun with a Ti-Cats fan like me. The stadiums were fairly packed with more fans than would fit in any eastern stadium (except Vancouver), and it seemed to have a more professional atmosphere.
When you also read about how bad it is to play for a Eastern team vs. a Western team, it is sad. The training facilities in Montreal are the most pathetic.
I also find it amazing that when you watch a game, all the contests are won by viewers Manitoba west as well.
When I travel out west, the games are on with sound at the bars also - in Ontario, good luck finding a bar with a CFL game on...
It will be a big embarrassment if Saskatchewan wins the Eastern title this weekend, and took the easy road to the Grey Cup by finishing 4th in the West - it should have been an all Alberta Grey Cup in my opinion...