Sounds like they have quite the little party planned. I'm sure the locals will be thrilled.
OTTAWA - The Ottawa REDBLACKS era at the new Lansdowne and TD Place begins at 4:00 PM this Friday, July 18 with a free outdoor pre-game party featuring one of Canada's best live rock acts, The Trews. The party will be held on the licensed South Porch, a new patio space between the Aberdeen Pavilion and Ottawa's soon to be completed 18-acre urban park. The Trews will play from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and then the REDBLACKS' sold-out home opener against the Toronto Argonauts gets underway just after 7 p.m.
Families coming to the game with the kids will also enjoy pre-game at the Aberdeen. The Event Square on the Bank Street side of the historic structure will house four team-branded inflatable fun structures where kids can bounce, slide and burn-up their energy.
Fans that can't wait to get inside the new stadium, TD Place, will be able to do so starting at 5 p.m. Selections from the team's world-class food and beverage menu, featuring local favorites, incredible BBQ, scrumptious sandwiches, desserts and more will be available for the first time. Player warm-ups start at 5:30 and then between 6:30 and kickoff, fans will see a pre-game show that features the Governor General's Foot Guards and other guests to celebrate Ottawa's football past and herald our football future.
Ottawa won nine Grey Cup Championships in its storied past, the last in 1976, led by players that to this day are household names to CFL fans across the country. Our halftime show will pay tribute to those championship teams and many of the individuals that made them great.
Post-game, fans are invited to return to the South Porch where one of Canada's top DJ's, DJ Ariyan, will keep the free party going until 11 p.m.
So it's come early, stay late for the REDBLACKS home opener this Friday, July 18. Every ticket to the game is also a ticket for free OC Transpo and STO bus service and free park and shuttle service from multiple lots around Ottawa/Gatineau. Visit the Transportation Page for detailed transportation information and remember, there is no onsite parking so you need a game plan to get down to Lansdowne.
The Trews have released five studio albums, with two achieving Canadian Gold Sales status and 14 Top-10 singles, including "What's Fair is Fair," which recently hit #2. On-deck for the top-10 is "Rise In The Wake," which currently sits at #16. With over 1,000 live shows under their belt, including support slots for The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant, KISS and The Tragically Hip. The band has been nominated for five JUNO Awards and ten ECMA Awards, winning "Rock Recording of the Year" for Hope &; Ruin.