**GREY CUP & West Semi-final almost Sold-out**

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Ticket sales for the 94th Grey Cup game passed the 41,050 mark yesterday. That leaves nearly 4,000 tickets unsold for the Nov. 19 contest.

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Just 2,300 tickets remain in the 35,650-seat McMahon Stadium with more than 10,000 watermelon-wearing Roughriders fans expected to invade the facility Sunday (2 p.m. CBC).

A home playoff date against the Saskatchewan Roughriders means more than just a boost for the Calgary Stampeders' bottom line.

The Roughies provide the Stamps with their best chance to advance to the CFL West final Nov. 12 in Vancouver.

The Stampeders (10-8 ) boast a 2-1 record against the 'Riders (9-9) in 2006, their only winning mark against a West Division opponent this season, while posting a 5-5 overall mark in divisional games.

The Roughriders also fell victim to Calgary's best offensive performance, a 53-point effort July 8 in Regina. It was the highest output of any CFL team this season in one game.

"There's nothing better than getting booed and harassed in your own stadium," suggested Stampeders defensive tackle Sheldon Napastuk, expected to start after missing the last two games with a knee injury.

"That puts you in such a great mindset. It's like somebody coming into your house and kicking your dog. How do you feel about that? It just fires you up, (peeves) you off and that's usually what happens when the 'Riders come to town."

The Stampeders bought the game rights from the league and stand to earn a healthy profit from a near-capacity gate.

While many will make the pilgrimage from the east, a healthy contingent from the Rider Nation who now call Calgary home are expected to provide a vocal presence.

The Stampeders outscored the 'Riders 85-62 over the three-game, regular-season series, although the troika of contests was played over a five-week span in the first half of the season.

The teams haven't seen each other in three months and both clubs have made significant personnel changes since then.

Also in Calgary's favour is a sensational 8-1 home record while the Greenies managed just three road wins in 2006, losing 23-7 in their only appearance at McMahon.

Stampeders QB Henry Burris, a Roughriders pivot for three seasons (2000, '03-04), was sensational in his final appearance in Green and White, an overtime loss to the B.C. Lions in the 2004 West final.

He always enjoys playing his former team, although he insists he's set aside emotional ties to his former club.

"It's still very special to play against my old buddies, my old team, but it's playoffs and it doesn't matter if we were playing Nova Scotia or the University of Calgary, it's playoffs," beamed Burris, who signed with Calgary as a free agent prior to last season.

"The fact it's Saskatchewan makes it more exciting.

"We got two out of three against them this year and for me it was about getting over that emotional hill.

"I'm over it now but whenever I see those guys on the other sideline, I want to get ready for that game.

"It's a chance to send them home and I know they'll be trying to do that to us ... I want to be the guy on the winning team sending those guys home."

Napastuk also harbours some emotional ties to his days in Saskatchewan. He is one of several Stampeders players who have worn green while a number of Roughies have ties to Calgary.

"I've been playing long enough that I've got friends on every team and I hate guys on every team," said Napastuk, a North Battleford, Sask., product who played four seasons in the Queen City (1999-02).

"Regina's a nice opponent because it really has developed into a rivalry. We've been going after those guys for the past few years, obviously, because of all the personnel changes, and the fact this city gets divided ... So it makes for a fun game but once you get to the playoffs, you don't care who you're playing because everybody is your worst enemy."

Awesome, will be a dandy. Hopefully no Rider fans drown from all the juice in those melons, watch out guys and gals, this would not be good!

I'm pumped for this game. It's going to be a blast.

Seeing how tens of thousands of Rider fans travel everywhere to attend games, you gotta wonder why they don’t sold-out their own stadium…

Actually turd you sort of answered your own question,
the tens of thousands left Saskatchewan…which significantly cuts down on travel time for away games.

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....hmmmm, was Agent Smith talking about humans in general, or just Rider fans?....hmmmm.... :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: ...

the only thing that rider fans have in common with viruses is that u can never get rid of em all and were everywere

It's the Riders that created us.
The Riders that connects us
The Riders that pulls us
That guides us
That drives us
It is the Riders that defines us
The Riders that binds us
We are coming because of you Mr. RedandWhite. We're coming to take from you what you tried to take from us.
The Riders.

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Ticket sales for the 94th Grey Cup game passed the 41,050 mark yesterday. That leaves nearly 4,000 tickets unsold for the Nov. 19 contest.

WELL done people. :thup:

For the EAST and WEST Semis it is hard to sell many tickets in just four days of selling to the general public.

The ARGOS started selling on THURSDAY and then ticket master crashed on FRIDAY because of JUSTINE TIMBERLAKE tickets. OUCH :thdn:

THANKS GOD for those SASK. fans! :thup: in CALGARY :thup:

The Stamps-Riders game is close to if not already sold out today. There was only about 250 tickets left yesterday via Ticketmaster, plus a few odd discount tickets at Safeway and Sport Chek. A buddy of mine tried to get some more at Sport Chek today, but they said they sold out all across Cowtown. It's supposed to be around +8 and sunny on Sunday, so the conditions look perfect for hopefully a great game.

I searched for two tickets to the West semi on ticketmaster just now, and couldn't find any :slight_smile: :slight_smile:

(I'm happy because it should sell out, and I already have my tickets)

I hope Toronto, BC, and Montreal all pull huge crowds, too - at LEAST 40,000. They have the stadiums for it ...

And obviously I hope the Grey Cup sells out, but it seems to be on track for that ... knock on wood!