Stamps weigh in on field­house plan men­tioned in Olympic bid

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS - TODD SAEL­HOF

Eight years is a long time for the Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers to wait on a field­house and/or a new or re­vamped sta­dium.

But they ’re open to pretty much any time­line at this point.

The lat­est comes in the new pro­posal put forth by the Cal­gary 2026 Olympic and Par­a­lympic Win­ter Games Draft Host­ing Plan that in­cludes a new field­house next to McMa­hon Sta­dium and im­prove­ments — al­beit mi­nor — to the 58-year-old foot­ball fa­cil­ity.

“I just hope I’m here then,” said Stam­ped­ers head coach Dave Dick­en­son with a chuckle. “I’d like the field­house much, much sooner than eight years. I think we should be able to get one in the next year or two, to be hon­est.”

But the only plan be­ing pub­li­cized is the one as­so­ci­ated with the Olympic Games in eight years time. “It’s a lit­tle far in the fu­ture, de­pend­ing on when it gets done,” said Stam­ped­ers QB Bo Levi Mitchell.

“I know the Olympics are that far away, but maybe the field­house gets done be­fore then, how­ever it works out. It’ll be good whether or not I’m here or any of us are here.

“But it’s some­thing de­serv­ing of Cal­gary and the city. We’ve been win­ning a lot of foot­ball games here, so we want to see a new sta­dium — not just for us but for the fans.”

Added team­mate Alex Sin­gle­ton with a smile, “Hope­fully it’s nice. The city of Cal­gary de­serves ev­ery­thing nice, so hope­fully the Olympics come here and every­body gets treated nicely af­ter that.”

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