Crews ready to put Stamp on McMahon

BILLY POWERS

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

There'll be more construction starting soon at McMahon Stadium and to say it was a long time coming would be an understatement.

Ground will soon be turned for a new building on the south side of the facility, just outside the doors on the Southeast side.

The finished product will be a two-storey structure -- about 12,000 square feet -- that will have entrances on both the top side, which is where the road going into the south parking lot will be, and the bottom, which will be just feet away from the private door to the Stampeders locker-room.

The building will house offices for the now-cramped coaching staff, meeting rooms, an area for all the video work, which is now done in a room just larger than a telephone booth, plus rooms for the business end of the CFL team.

The hope is to kick off construction before the end of this month and have it completed in time for the start of training camp in June.

When completed, the club will have a 90 stall locker-room and training room the size of the dressing area of today.

Says equipment manager George Hopkins: "It's something we've needed for years and while it will be a bonus to our players, coaches, management and support staff, the thing that hurts is that we're still playing catch-up with the Edmonton Eskimos."

The current renovations on the west portion of McMahon Stadium will, I'm sure, one day be completed, and when finished will give the Calgary Dinos a huge locker-room and some much needed meeting rooms.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH SUNDAY?

Yesterday, the CFL staged its division finals and I hope the television ratings were up from the previous week, when the two semifinal games were also played on a Saturday.

The results were dismal at best. If the trend continues, hopefully the CFL takes notice and does the right thing next year and moves all post-season contests back to Sunday.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Not that long ago, I was channel surfing and stumbled upon a gem I've yet to find again that featured great CFL games.

That caught my attention and I decided to watch an old battle between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts. Or so I thought.

It turned out to be a memory from the past as the team I thought was wearing Ticat colours turned out to be the 1994 Las Vegas Posse, playing an Argos team sparked by a young Pinball Clemons. I only watched a few plays, but enough to see a rookie quarterback named Anthony Calvillo stride out for the Posse.

You have to know that if I had a vote for the CFL's Most Outstanding Player nod, it would go to Henry Burris of the Calgary Stampeders for his stellar season, which has been much better than that of Calvillo if you check the records against winning teams.

But Calvillo, the Alouettes pivot who'll face the Stamps in the Grey Cup, has to be recognized for durability playing all of these years in a position so vulnerable to injury.

DINOS FLYING HIGH

Today In Quebec City, our Calgary Dinos play Laval for a spot in next week's Vanier Cup in Hamilton.

But I think it's important to pass on that Sean Durfy and WestJet stepped up big time to get the Dinos and some of their fans to the contest.

In fact, I have it on good authority that in a massive corporate move, the airline supplied a 137-seat chartered aircraft and at less than cost, to boot.

That provided the club with a couple of extra practice days in Calgary before leaving Friday for today's game.

They'll return home late today, providing more rest time at home before possibly heading to the national final.


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