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Football is back! Here’s how to make the most of this CFL season

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The CFL season is in full swing! Whether you’re a football fan or not, attending a Stampeders football game is a unique summer experience you’ll want to check out. The Gridiron Gardens are back this year as your pre-game tailgate destination at McMahon. They’re bringing us new game themes, and best of all, new stadium food.

Do you need any more of a reason to head down to McMahon? No, we didn’t think so. Here’s all the ways to make the most of this weekend’s home opener, and the entire incredible season!


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The tailgate parties at the Gridiron Gardens are a guaranteed good time. Get immersed in the pre-game excitement with die-hard fans- who knows, maybe the team spirit will rub off. You can expect music, food, and drinks for purchase, player autographs, and family-friendly activities!

This year, two of the games (June 15 & August 17) include sponsored beer gardens and live music! Best of all, admission for all parties at the Gridiron Gardens is FREE all season and the whole family is welcome.
*Disclaimer: Game tickets required for entry on June 15 and August 17th games only.*


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Along with the pre-game shenanigans, the Stamps have featured game centered around a theme with special activities before kickoff and during halftime. To help plan your season and find the perfect games to attend, here are this year’s themes:

  • June 15th: Home Opener
  • June 29: Fan Appreciation
  • July 18: Thursday Night Football
  • Aug 3: Heritage Day Weekend
  • Aug 17: Legacy Night
  • Sept 2: Labour Day Classic
  • Sept 14: Family Day
  • Oct 11: Light Up The Night
  • Oct 19: PinkPower
  • Nov 10 or 17: Western Semi-Final or Final


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What better way to add to game day than with the new drool-worthy food items? Head over to the McMahon Stadium smoker for the Pillow Donuts and Smoked Mennonite Sausage- you won’t want to miss these! If tailgating has you hungry for more, here’s the complete list of new stadium foods:

  • Pillow Donuts
  • Smoked Mennonite Sausage
  • Smoked Meat Sandwich
  • Pulled Pork Footlong
  • Chicken or Beef Burrito
  • Baby Back Pork Ribs
  • Smoked Beef Brisket
  • Chicken Burgers
  • Chicken Wings
  • Half Chicken
  • Corn Chips with Corn Salsa and Guacamole

So, grab your loudest friends and family and head down to McMahon for the perfect summer experience. Let’s cheer on our 2018 Grey Cup Championship team. Go Stamps Go!

Calgary Stampeders Home Opener

Where: McMahon Stadium
When: Saturday, June 15 @ 5pm

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