Argos preparing for big turnout

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

The biggest Argos game in years could draw one of the biggest crowds in the history of the franchise.

The Argos are hoping for 45,000 to 50,000 fans for Sunday's Eastern final against the Montreal Alouettes at the Rogers Centre.

The team already has removed some banners in the 100 level closest to the field, which communications director Beth Waldman said could amount to some 1,600 seats. The team also is putting in a couple hundred seats in a tented area in one end zone, similar to what the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have done.

Depending on the ticket demand, the Argos may remove the banners honouring the team's greatest players in the upper levels. The banners were added this year to create more of an ambience.

In their final home game this year, the Argos attracted 40,085 fans, the largest gathering for an Argo regular-season game since Oct. 28, 1990.

The biggest turnout for a game at the team's current location, formerly the SkyDome, came in Nov. 17, 1991 against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the East final. It attracted 50,380, who saw the Argos win en route to going to a Grey Cup victory.

The last time the Argos played host to a division final happened in 1997 and it produced a turnout of 32,035. The Argos beat the Als 37-30.

The Argos are expected to formally announce tomorrow they will play host to the 2007 Grey Cup.


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