Charleston Hughes happy to go from ‘shed’ to New Mosaic stadium

Charleston Hughes likes the new digs in Saskatchewan.

The $278-million facility is far different from what Hughes experienced with the Stampeders.

“When I first came to Calgary it was a shed on wheels, we worked out and lifted weights in a shed with one squat rack, one weight bench, two treadmills, only one works and a box TV in the corner raised,” Hughes said.

McMahon Stadium is the oldest facility in the CFL and Mosaic the newest.

“It’s a big upgrade from McMahon. Even going from an upgrade of McMahon working out in a shed to working out in an actual gym to being in an upgraded facility like this it feels like rejuvenation,” Hughes said.

“I went a couple steps up.”

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats acquired Hughes from the Stampeders last Friday before dealing him to the Roughriders in exchange for quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. The veteran pass rusher is looking forward to the chance to sack Calgary pivot Bo Levi Mitchell.

“I can’t wait to hit Bo Levi Mitchell with the utmost sincerity,” Hughes said on CKRM’s SportsCage Wednesday.

Hughes led the CFL in sacks last season with 11 and has played a total of 162 games over 10 seasons. He leaves Calgary with a share of the franchise record with 99 career regular-season sacks.