Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi missed being at the 2019 Grey Cup announcement on Wednesday.
It was for a good reason – he was chairing a meeting for city council that will decide the city’s indicative tax rates for the next four years – but on a day where the Stampeders, city and McMahon Stadium were front and central, Nenshi shared his view on the oldest stadium in the CFL.
“As a long, long time football fan, I’ve been to most of the stadiums in the league. I haven’t been to the new ones in Saskatchewan and Winnipeg yet,” Nenshi said via Calgary Sun reporter Danny Austin.
“I have long suggested that McMahon Stadium… there’s no better place to watch a game once you’re in your seat. Getting to your seat could be a lot better, and I think that’s a good conversation to have about how we can increase the amenities outside of the bowl around the stadium.”
CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie believes it’s time to get moving on a replacement facility.
“Just give me the name of the person I need to go and see, and I’ll happily show up on their doorstep and make a pitch for why Calgary would be well-served (by a new stadium),” Ambrosie said in January.
New stadiums in Hamilton, Winnipeg and Regina have been opened in recent years, giving the players excellent facilities and the team’s new streams of revenue – not to mention a better experience for the fans.
“I believe putting a new stadium in that city is not just about the CFL. It is a lot about the CFL, but there’s a lot of great amateur football being played there,” Ambrosie said.
“There’s the Dinos. There’s the great junior football team (the Colts). There’s an opportunity to attract national and international events. Development in our cities and the ability of our cities to attract events is a critical part of how these cities function, and I think it’s time for Calgary to come up with a solution for a new stadium.”