You don't know what it is like until you try it—it is the best quote to describe being at the most important CFL game of the season—the Labour Day Classic (LDC), with the Saskatchewan Roughriders hosting the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
My method of attendance was not the way I dreamed. Trying to sell the Game Day/Leaderpost programs was a real nightmare. But the two hours flew by.
The hours were not the only thing to fly—the Snowbirds did, as well. Very surreal!
By the time we found a place to stand it was already into the second quarter. Before I knew it, it was halftime. I was stuck along the wall on the north-east side of the stadium, so it was impossible to differentiate between the players.
I do wish it was a more offensive game. Definitely nothing as crazy as the Banjo Bowl was. But the intensity was definitely there, more so than I felt during my previous two attendances combined.
There was definitely both good and bad moments non-relating to the game play.
I was not at all impressed with the way we were treated by the staff. When we finished working, we walked into the north gate on the west side, and stood against the wall. The employee immediately came over and said we had to move.
We squashed ourselves tightly to the wall; that apparently was not good enough. She told us we could not stand there because we were blocking the view of those in the actual seats. We were then physically shoved back, where we could not see the field at all!
The five of us were fairly peeved to say the least and quickly ran to the east side where we were welcomed with open arms. Nobody cared that we sat along the steps, even as they walked past. After the game, the Blue Bomber fans thanks us for sitting there.
Seeing the streaker was fun—especially since I exactly caught the entire thing on video with my camera!
I give kudos to all of the Blue Bomber fans. As they were loading themselves back onto the buses they gave everyone high-fives, shouting "two-and-seven!" It is nice to see they did not hold any actual grudge against us Roughrider fans.
I do not know if I will ever get the opportunity to attend the LDC again, but being a part of the record 30,945 crowd was incredible. It was a day I will never forget.