Frank Clair will be crowded

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

The Renegades will play before their largest home crowd of the season tonight.

Team president Lonie Glieberman said yesterday he expects a turnout of between 20,000-22,000 when Ottawa hosts Saskatchewan at Frank Clair Stadium (7:30 p.m.).

Straying from past practices of papering the house and inflating the numbers, the Renegades announced attendance at 18,899 for their home opener against Montreal.

They drew 16,303 for a July 16 visit by Calgary, and then 17,607 with Edmonton in town five days later.

Back-to-back wins on the road have helped the increase in sales this week, as has an aggressive marketing approach, said Glieberman.

"The team had a 3-0 record (out of the gate) last year and it didn't fill the stadium," he said. "I think the play of the team is the key to it. Also, I think the good work done on the football operations side, plus the price of tickets being lower and the fact it's a fun place to go, has also helped."

EXTRA POINTS: Ottawa native and former Renegade long-snapper Steve Glenn is now handling those chores for Saskatchewan ... Playing their first game of the season at Frank Clair Stadium will be Ottawa-raised WRs David Azzi and Darryl Ray. Azzi came off the injury list last week ... Other Roughriders who call Ottawa home are FS Scott Gordon and WR Ibrahim Tounkara ... Failing to realize the tradition they have started, the Renegades have "benched" halftime karaoke singer Jonathon T. Henri for this game ... Like Renegades coach Joe Paopao, 'Riders bench boss Danny Barrett had to deal with Ray Jacobs when the defensive end had alcohol problems while a member of Saskatchewan. Said Barrett: "When something like this comes about it's disruptive. You have to do what's best for the team. Those 40 some guys are more important than one."


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