Argos aiming to be hottest ticket in town

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

One of the goals of the Argonauts -- at least their head coach -- is to become the hottest ticket in town.

And it looks as though tickets are go liking hotcakes, both in season-ticket subscriptions and for the regular-season opener -- June 25 at the Rogers Centre against the B.C. Lions in a rematch of last year's Grey Cup won by the Argos.

In a conference call yesterday as part of the Canadian Football League's State of the Franchise series, Argos president Keith Pelley said the season-ticket base is hovering around the 10,000 mark, which is roughly three times greater than the number owners Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon inherited in January 2004.

Pelley indicated the best seats for the home opener are almost sold out.

Head coach Pinball Clemons hopes the Argos can become the hottest ticket in town.

"The Maple Leafs are so deeply entrenched into the fibre of our community and really the nation that maybe we can't be a hotter ticket than them, but I'll die trying," he said.

"But even if we get into the area of being able to compete in that stratosphere with the other teams that are in our marketplace, I think we're headed in the right direction and that has to be our goal."

The Argos announced yesterday the signing of former Brigham Young University quarterback Charlie Peterson.

Michael Bishop, who started in eight games last year, has a year remaining on his contract but may not fulfil it. He has been offered a four-year deal by the Grand Rapids Rampage of the Arena League, in which he has played the past two seasons.


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