RedBlacks return to the Glebe for home-opener Friday
The Ottawa RedBlacks are finally coming home.
And with back-to-back road wins under their belt, the team is looking to put on a show for its hometown crowd Friday night at TD Place when the Calgary Stampeders blow into town for a regular season dustup.
The RedBlacks will look to go 3-0 after trouncing the Montreal Alouettes 28-15 last week. The squad opened up the season on the road with their first-ever franchise win over Edmonton in late June.
It will be a dramatic home-opener as the sell-out crowd likely remembers the final home game last year during the East Final, when receiver Greg Ellingson caught a 93-yard bomb in the end zone with just minutes left on the clock to beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 35-28 and move into the Grey Cup. The epic play has since been dubbed, “second and 25.”
Calgary is coming in hot though, as the Stamps blew past the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 36-22 last week and they will be looking to catch the B.C. Lions for first place in the West.
RedBlacks quarterback Trevor Harris will start for Ottawa in Friday’s game in the Glebe, as Henry Burris is still nursing a finger injury.
It’s not bad news if Harris keeps playing the way he has over the past two games. The second-string pivot has been dominant, racking up 37 completions out of 45 attempts and throwing six touchdown passes in his two games.
The RedBlacks hope Harris will continue his magic Friday night. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and the game is completely sold out.
If you were lucky enough to get tickets, you will want to head to the Glebe early and stay late. There will be animation all along Bank Street tomorrow afternoon, with live music, stilt walkers, cheering squads and face painting.
The party all starts around 1 p.m., so head down to the Glebe and check out one of our many delicious restaurants along our traditional main street or at Lansdowne.
Don’t have tickets? Don’t worry. Come to the Glebe, grab a burger and a beer and watch the game at one of the many pubs. And if you take your eyes off the game, the loud roar from TD Place will alert you when something great happens.
Come on down to the Glebe and help us cheer the RedBlacks on all the way to another Grey Cup.
It all happens in the Glebe. See you down in Ottawa’s hippest neighbourhood.
Go, RedBlacks, Go!