Extreme makeover

Stampeders' George White, left, and Brian Clark model the club's new away and home jerseys,...

Stampeders' George White, left, and Brian Clark model the club's new away and home jerseys, respectively, yesterday. The new silks were well received by Stamps players on hand for the launch. (Calgary Sun/Darren Makowichuk)

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:49 AM ET

The Stampeders will be dressed for success in 2005.

The CFL team unveiled its new home and away jerseys yesterday, with players united in calling the revamped look a winner.

"It's something with a little extra -- a new flair," said linebacker George White, one of four players on hand at the Stamps Store modelling the updated jerseys.

The home jerseys remain predominantly red with white and black accents while the new-look road uniforms remain white with more red and black accents than previous years.

Both jerseys also feature new number fonts.

"I like the white ones a little better -- they seem to really jump out at you," White said.

"The road jerseys are a little more red but that's what our team colours are all about."

Offensive lineman Jay McNeil, the second-longest serving Stamp entering his 12th season in Calgary, favours the change.

"I like them, it's a great new look," McNeil said, also noting his preference for the white away jerseys.

"The white ones have a little more red in them than before. They're nice."

According to Reebok, which last season entered a long-term licensing partnership with the CFL, the redesign of the 2005 jerseys is the most aggressive update of uniforms in league history. All nine teams had input into the new look, working closely with Reebok to customize the jerseys keeping in mind the culture and history of the team.

Stampeders equipment manager George Hopkins played a key role in designing the team's new look.

"Throughout the design process, we really wanted to emphasize our predominant colour -- red," Hopkins said. "As a result, red is now prominent in all of our jerseys."

While the restyled jerseys should be a hot seller, White said when it comes to football, clothes don't make the man.

"A jersey's a jersey," White said.

"It's the guy inside the jersey that really matters."

Replica jerseys will be available to the public exclusively at the McMahon Stadium Stamps Store for the next 13 days, beginning at 8:30 a.m. today. Prices are $95 (blank), $170 (single digit number and name) and $195 (double-digit number and name).

GOOD EATS: The Stampeders are satisfying the taste buds of football fans who hunger for more than just hamburgers and hotdogs.

The team announced yesterday the Calgary Flames Food and Beverage Group will take over McMahon Stadium concessions with a new long-term contract, led by director of food services Art Hernandez.

"We know what our hockey fans want and we try to please them; however this is a new territory for us," Hernandez said. "We need to learn the business here. We need to learn what the football fans want."

Hernandez said the expanded game-day menu is still being developed but will include wide array of new side dishes like souvlaki and baked beans, even corn on the cob, depending on the time of year.


Photos