5 reasons to come to the 2024 home opener

After starting the season with a pair of road victories in Winnipeg and Edmonton, the Alouettes will have their first game at Percival Molson Stadium in 2024 on Thursday night. They’ll host the Ottawa Redblacks at 7:30 pm ET.

Here are five reasons you should come to the game!

It’s the home opener!

The best reason of all! It’s the first game of the season at Percival Molson Stadium, which means most fans haven’t seen the Alouettes play a meaningful game in person in over six months. Even if you ignore the whole ‘they won the Grey Cup’ thing from last year, this is still a team that plays hard and that has won each of their two games in 2024.

And if you’re not ready to ignore the fact that they are the defending Grey Cup champions, well you should come and watch them in action in their home stadium.

Unveiling of championship banner:

Speaking of the Grey Cup victory, the Alouettes will be unveiling their 2023 championship banner prior to the game against Ottawa. This banner will officially join the seven other ones from previous championship seasons (1949, 1970, 1974, 1977, 2002, 2009, 2010).

Expect an emotionally charged ceremony that will take us all down memory lane. It should give the players on the field a jolt prior to kick-off, too.

Two concerts:

Alright, so you want another reason to come to the game outside of football? We’ve got you covered!

Fans who arrive early will get to take in two musical acts. Prior to the game, Comment Dabord will be performing at Percival Molson Stadium. This Montreal rock band is known for their 70s inspired groovy rock.

At half-time, Kaïn, who are another local band, will take centre stage. Steve Veilleux and Yannick Blanchette met in Drummondville in the 1990s. The two of them then founded the group Kaïn, with guitarist Patrick Lemieux and bassist Éric Maheu.

The CF-18 flyover:

It’s a tradition unlike any other! The flyover at the home opener is a special moment that honours the history of the Alouettes. For those who aren’t aware, the football team is named after the 425 squadron.

No matter how many times you’ve been in the stadium during a flyover, you always appreciate the rumbling those jets make.

A new giants screen:

It’s big and it’s beautiful!

We know you’ve all been patiently waiting for the new giant screen to arrive, and we’re pleased to inform you that it’s finally here! Now, you can watch all the replay action on a quality screen that will have a crisp image that you’ve never seen before.

Bonus: The screen is so clear that it could help coach Maas and the rest of his staff decide whether or not to challenge a call on the field!