From the National Post...
"TORONTO – Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice thinks the atmosphere at the Rogers Centre is better for shopping than playing football.
“I think that was beautiful [earlier in the week] when he said it was like playing in a mall, where you can hear the elevator music and people are screaming for their kids and you hear the shoppers milling around and stuff like that,? veteran Winnipeg defensive lineman Doug Brown said.
The Bombers will play in Toronto against the Argonauts on Saturday and one of the challenges they face is a lack of crowd noise. They played against the Alouettes in front of a packed house in Montreal last week, and in front of more than 30,000 people in Saskatchewan in their previous road game.
“I think sometimes when you’re on the road and you play in some of those big venues you’re excited about just 60 guys in a room playing against 30,000,? said LaPolice, who made the mall comparison while speaking with reporters in Winnipeg earlier this week.
Toronto is last in Canadian Football League attendance averaging 20,117 fans per game. Capacity for football games at the Rogers Centre is 45,746.
“It’s a quieter atmosphere. You’re in a huge place that doesn’t have as many people,? said LaPolice.
Last year, Toronto beat Winnipeg 17-13 during its only visit to the Rogers Centre. Winnipeg led 6-0 at the half, but a Chad Owens kick-return touchdown sparked an Argos comeback.
“You almost get lulled into this back-and-forth game and all of a sudden the Argos make their plays and all of a sudden they walk out with a win,? LaPolice said.
The Bombers won in Toronto earlier this season after Brown addressed his teammates about the need to keep the energy high because they would be unable to feed off the crowd.
“The biggest challenge always for me playing in Toronto is just reminding yourself the importance and the magnitude of the game,? Brown said.
The Bombers enter the game two points ahead of Montreal in the fight for first place in the East Division. Dropping a game to the last-place Argos would open the door for the Alouettes, who will face Winnipeg two more times this season."
Let's hope our Tiger cats don't fall asleep there from lack of crowd enthusiasm....