More room, less view at Frank Clair

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

Southsiders take note: You might want to take a radio with you to Saturday's game to make sure you know the score.

Preparations continued yesterday to get Frank Clair Stadium ready for the Grey Cup game on Nov. 21, with the placing of the scoreboard and video screen above the doorway to the Renegades locker room at the southwest corner of the field.

The items were moved from their previous location in the east end zone to make way for a huge temporary grandstand.

SOUTHSIDERS SHUT OUT

While the view of the scoreboard is unobstructed for those sitting in the north-side seats, some southsiders, especially those sitting closer to the west side toward Bank St., might be forced to stretch their necks to find out the score and time remaining.

Many fans sitting in the upper south deck closer to the Ottawa locker room, and some in the lower deck, will not be able to view the scoreboard at all.

Neither the Renegades nor the CFL have announced plans for an alternate scoreboard that can be viewed by the entire south-side grandstand and the west end zone temporary seats for the Grey Cup. Most seats in the temporary stands on the west side would not provide any view of the existing board.

IT'S A RELIGION IN TEXAS: Renegades DB Anthony Malbrough can't wait to see the film Friday Night Lights that starts in movie theatres tomorrow. The film, starring Billy Bob Thornton and Tim McGraw, is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by H.G. Bissinger that chronicles a season of football in Odessa, Tex., and the cult following of one of the city's high school teams, the Permian Panthers. Malbrough, from Beaumont, Tex., played high school ball for the Beaumont Westbrook Bruins, but said everybody in the state knew about Permian. "That place just lived and breathed Permian football," he said. "Games there were a big event. Even if you didn't play against them, you knew who Permian was."

IN THE LINEUP: Coach Joe Paopao said WR Pat Woodcock's status for Saturday's game will be decided after today's practice. Woodcock is recovering from a turf toe injury and has missed two games ... DE Raymond House, a 6-foot-2, 277-lb. import from Arkansas, will likely be activated to the roster for Saturday's game ... Argos QB Damon Allen returned to practice yesterday, eight weeks after breaking his leg during a game against Montreal. Allen, 41, had surgery Aug. 14 for a left tibia fracture.


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