For those of you that didn’t get there Thursday night…
The Argos put on a fantastic game experience.
A vibe could definately be felt in the air as soon as you stepped off the Go Train and made the 50 step trek to BMO Field.
We met our friends on the North Side of Lakeshore Road about a 5 min walk from the Go Train on the opposite side of the stadium for the Tailgate. The atmosphere, weather and tailgating in the shadows of the CN Tower made for an outstanding pre-game party - a lot of regulars, old die hards and young partiers were out in full force. Even Larry Tennenbaun stopped by among other sports celebraties and media. I almost feel like they are rubbing it in our face now that we don’t have anywhere to tailgate at THF as they did it up so well. Also had an area called the Ship Yard with a band for non-drivers which we didn’t get to. The only complaint we had was the 1 food truck had an hour wait for a burger. Did I mention the $4 cold cans of beer sold in tubs throughout parking lot had a bit of a line up at each one but that was worth it.
Moving to the game, The Stadium Atmosphere was outstanding and friendly as fans were greeted by the Argo Drum Core on the way in as a cool start with up tempo beats. Seeing all the red seats draped in blue t-shirts was noticeable as well from outside the stadium before the game. (note: as true Ticat Fan, I gave the blue and white shirt away immediately, my friends did not.)
We had good seats at mid field, site lines and people were friendly and quiet in this mainly Argo season seat holder area). Sitting on the East Side the sun was in our eyes for the beginning of the game. Seat room was not as good as THF nor are their cup holders. (scoreboard is small and weak)
However, their was very short line ups at all the concessions I saw and on the second level there was hardly any line ups (3 or 4 people long max, many just walk up with no line). Food variety was great including real Porchetta Sandwiches with Pig Head and all on display! I had an over cooked dry hot dog ( Actually ordered 4 and they didn’t have 4 so gave me 2 footlongs at no extra charge so my friends were happy.
Also fantastic views and photo ops of the CN Tower on the East Side concourse and NO CROWDING WHATSOEVER ON THE CONCOURSE. Very easy to get around, get beer, get food and go to washroom.
It was great to be back at the CNE! What a fantastic night…I hate to say it but the Argos did it right off the field and we did it right on the Field! Look forward to going back in September if not sooner to attend a game there. Actually puts my view of THF in a little different perspective now.