Roughriders look to play in Grey Cup at home

QB Darian Durant rallied the Roughriders past the Lions last Sunday to set up a Western Final clash...

QB Darian Durant rallied the Roughriders past the Lions last Sunday to set up a Western Final clash against the Stampeders. (Craig Robertson/QMI Agency/Files)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:15 PM ET

Since 1973, when the CFL went to primarily a one-game division final setup, the Grey Cup host has gone on the road eight times in an attempt to go back home and play in the big game on their own turf.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will become the ninth team in that situation on Sunday when they visit the Calgary Stampeders at McMahon Stadium, and history, while not exactly on their side, isn’t terrible.

The team that goes on the road needing a win to play in their own Grey Cup is 3-5 in the division-final round since 1973. That includes the Argonauts’ win over Montreal at Olympic Stadium last year.

The Riders had to go on the road for the West Final the last time they hosted the Grey Cup, in 2003, but they ended up on the wrong end of a 30-23 decision against the Edmonton Eskimos.


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