Esks won't miss Canad Inns Stadium

GERRY MODDEJONGE , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:09 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Good bye and good riddance.

Canad Inns Stadium will finally feel the Edmonton Eskimos' pain as it is slated for demolition next year.

The place the Winnipeg Blue Bombers called home for over 50 years has only seen a pair of Eskimos victories in their last 13 visits.

The same wrecking-ball-like effect the Bombers have used to level the visiting Eskimos in recent seasons is the same fate of the building that held a sold-out crowd of 29,533, who watched their team climb to an even 5-1 record with Edmonton at the top of the CFL heap Friday night.

"This has been a tough place for us to come and play in," said Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray, who reached 3,001 completions on his career going 17 for 28 with 226 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions Friday night. "We haven't had a lot of success here."

Of course, it wasn't like the Eskimos were cursed here, but it has certainly been a rough spot.

"Definitely, but it's a new season, new team, so that wasn't on our minds at all," said slotback Jason Barnes. "Their defence played an excellent game and we just need to pick it up."

But there is at least one Eskimo who will miss the confines, however unfriendly they have been.

"This place has a lot of tradition," said slotback Fred Stamps, who leads the CFL with 619 receiving yards. "You've got the best receiver to ever play the game in Milt Stegall, this is his home turf, so I have a lot of respect for this place because Milt played here."

That doesn't mean Stamps doesn't have Saturday, Oct. 15, circled on his calendar, when the Bombers visit Commonwealth Stadium.

"They've got to come see us, we don't have to play here anymore," he said. "It's always tough to come to Winnipeg. They have some of the best fans in the CFL.

"They're loud, you can't hear anything on the field."

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