WINNIPEG — Home might be where the heart is, but the Argonauts want to ensure visitors don’t feel welcome.
After a loss and a win on the road to open the 2010 regular season, the Argos play their home opener on Wednesday night against Calgary, and will try to establish what was missing last year — a nasty presence within the confines of the Rogers Centre.
Of their three wins in 2009, the Argos had just one on their own turf.
“We have to make it a hostile environment,” tackle Adriano Belli said.
“I’m happy that we get on the field right away and try to get another win.
“It’s our house, and we have to make it so other teams are scared to come in, scared to get hit once they come through the stadium doors.”
It’s going to be interesting to see what kind of crowd the Argos get, but winning in Winnipeg should convince more people to attend. The Argos averaged just over 26,000 fans a game last year.
“I’ve heard a lot about what went on in the past, but this is a new focus,” slotback Jeremaine Copeland said.
“Being great at home is what we need to rule. When anybody comes to Toronto, they need to know they are in for a game.”