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Gainer Not Now, Never Was Banned

November 1, 2006 - Canadian Football League (CFL)
Calgary Stampeders News Release

(CALGARY) - It has been erroneously reported by major Calgary newspapers, the Saskatchewan Football Club and various Regina media outlets, that the Calgary Stampeder Football Club has restricted access to McMahon Stadium for the Roughrider Team mascot known as "Gainer".

Gainer will have and always has had the same access and privileges as any other Rider Fan sitting in McMahon Stadium.

The Stampeder organization has not granted field access to Gainer for the Scotiabank West Semi-Final. The organization retains the right in its home field advantage to be led by their mascot Ralph the Dog with no on field competition by the Roughriders Mascot.

We would like to make it perfectly clear to all media outlets that have been erroneously reporting that Gainer has been banned from McMahon Stadium. No such action was ever taken by the Calgary Stampeder Football Club. We find the accusations to be offensive to our organization.

As far back as any staff members can remember, an opposing team mascot was never granted field access at any playoff game hosted at McMahon Stadium. We welcome the Saskatchewan fans and Gainer to attend the game with the same privileges as any other spectator to McMahon Stadium.

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