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Argonauts hope Roughriders fans cheer for them over Blue Bombers during Grey Cup in Regina

The Toronto Argonauts say dissatisfied Saskatchewan Roughriders fans ought to maintain on to their Grey Cup tickets and again the East Division champions during Sunday’s CFL remaining in Regina.

“I’m hoping the native fans round right here aren’t promoting their tickets to everyone in Winnipeg,” Argos coach Ryan Dinwiddie mentioned during a information convention Wednesday.

“We perceive that is in all probability going to be the case.”

With the Bombers making the Grey Cup recreation after final Sunday’s win over the B.C. Lions, Dinwiddie mentioned he expects many Winnipeg fans will make the roughly 575-kilometre trek west on the Trans-Canada Highway to Regina this week.

As of Wednesday, on-line ticket websites like Ticketmaster had seats accessible in each part of the stadium.

With that in thoughts, Dinwiddie is hopeful Saskatchewan fans will again the Double Blue.

“You would hope the Regina fans, in the event that they go to the sport, they’re probably going to be rooting for us.”

But the Argos coach mentioned his group will not get “caught up” by who’s in the gang.

On Wednesday morning, Dinwiddie led his group by their first observe at Regina’s Mosaic Stadium, with crowd noise pumped in over the stadium audio system.

“There goes to must be silent cadence, probably. We gotta practise that,” Dinwiddie mentioned.

The Blue Bombers have loved success at Mosaic, profitable the first-ever recreation on the new stadium in 2017, together with playoff victories in 2018 and 2019.

But these previous successes do not matter come Sunday, mentioned Bombers coach Mike O’Shea.

“I would not have a look at success at Mosaic, apart from we had a great week of preparation and we plan to achieve success wherever we’re taking part in — be it a stadium, a car parking zone, a yard,” he mentioned at Wednesday’s information convention.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea speaks during a head coaches’ media convention on Wednesday. O’Shea mentioned his group shouldn’t be involved about the place it performs or who’s in the stands. (Heywood Yu/The Canadian Press)

O’Shea’s former star working again Andrew Harris, a Winnipeg product, now performs for the Argonauts.

Harris was a part of these massive playoff wins in Regina with Winnipeg and is aware of what it is prefer to play in entrance of a hostile crowd.

He mentioned he has pals in Regina who “appear to assume it is going to be an Argos fan base, as a result of everybody hates the Bombers a lot in Regina.”

“We’ll take all of the assist we are able to,” Harris mentioned. “I’m imagining Winnipeg can have an enormous fan base. It’s going to be nuts in right here regardless.”

Harris, 35, is aware of concerning the Grey Cup recreation and what it means. He has three rings, together with consecutive wins with Winnipeg in 2019 and 2021 (there was no Grey Cup recreation in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic).

“It’s in all probability some of the lovely stadiums in the league, in the guts of the Prairies, and we will benefit from the festivities and the environment for certain,” mentioned Harris.

Toronto Argonauts working again Andrew Harris speaks to reporters after observe at Mosaic Stadium in Regina on Wednesday. Harris mentioned his group is hoping the rivalry between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers interprets into assist for his group on Sunday. (Heywood Yu/The Canadian Press)

Blue Bombers receiver Nic Demski, who was drafted by the Roughriders and spent three years in Saskatchewan, mentioned he is trying ahead to being again in a well-known setting.

“I do know the soccer group out right here may be very passionate and so they love soccer at the moment of yr,” mentioned Demski.

He mentioned given the comparatively brief drive between the 2 cities, he is hoping to see a blue and gold wave heading into Regina.

“Hopefully we get some crowd in from Winnipeg this weekend.”

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