Stamps fans heat up social media despite Calgary cold

Fans of the Calgary Stampeders came out early to McMahon Stadium Sunday, enduring the cold weather for a stack of warm pancakes.

Calgary Stampeders face off against Saskatchewan Roughriders Sunday at 2:30 p.m. MT

Calgary Stampeders fans Steve Luft, left, and Dan Towson chow down on pancakes and sausage at the team's pancake breakfast Sunday. (Colleen Underwood/CBC)

Calgary Stampeders fans are heating up social media ahead of the big game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders despite the chilly weather.

With temperatures hovering around –13 C, closer to -20 C with wind chill, many tweeted about the process of bundling up for an afternoon outdoors. 

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"It's gonna be a frosty one," tweeted @rohanmehta20 while wearing a ski mask.

Another user, @snarkinlarkin, tweeted "Bundling up, layering the clothes, getting ready to head to McMahon soon! Sun keep shining!"

Some fans bundled up Sunday morning and came out early to McMahon Stadium to enjoy their fill of pancakes, coffee and sausage at the east parking lot of the stadium in advance of the CFL Western Division Final.

Organizers say the bigger crowd of roughly 1,200 people is expected to start rolling in shortly before noon but for now, the breakfast isn't too crowded.

The game itself is expected to draw huge crowds as the historic rivalry between the two teams comes to a head.

For the Stampeders, Sunday's game is about backing up the best record in the CFL this season and earning a second straight trip to the Grey Cup.

For the Roughriders, it's about getting to play a home game at the Grey Cup next Sunday.

Calgary CFL horse heading to Regina

The Calgary Grey Cup Committee says it will bring a horse to an unsuspecting Regina hotel next weekend, regardless of whether the Stampeders win Sunday's game. Last year, Marty made an appearance at Toronto's Royal York hotel. (Timothy Neesam/CBC)

Win or lose, there will be a bit of Alberta hospitality in Regina next weekend. 

The Calgary Grey Cup Committee is known for bringing their special touch to wherever the Grey Cup is hosted.

Along with free pancake breakfasts, the committee says it will continue the tradition of riding a horse into an unsuspecting hotel in downtown Regina.

"We will have the horse in Regina for sure," said Brad Greenslade, spokesperson for the committee. "It will make an appearance at a hotel in downtown Regina somewhere ... it's a surprise for the city."

The committee also hosted Sunday's pancake breakfast outside McMahon Stadium.


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