Roughriders hoping for sea of green in Calgary

Rider Nation always shows up in big numbers
Reported by Joel Gasson
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On Thursday the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be heading out on the road but it may not feel like it Friday night. 

As always the Rider Nation will be out in Calgary in full force as the Riders take on the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium.

"It's great to be able to go to a place away from here where you can have tremendous fan support," said quarterback Darian Durant. "Also our fans can wreak a little havoc in there and make it tough on their offense."

With the perfect start to the season the Riders have had you can only imagine that the bandwagon in Calgary will be pretty full on Friday night and they'll be revved up and ready to go. The Riders obviously expect the crowd to be loud in Calgary, as they practiced with crowd noise on Wednesday.

Riders defensive back Dwight Anderson used to play for the Stamps and has been on the other side of it. Anderson admits that all the green didn't exactly go over well in the locker room.

"It used to bother us a lot," said Anderson. "We used to get on the Facebook and all that to try to get the Stamps fans to come out."

Anderson admits now it's the exact opposite as he and many Riders, including the team itself, have been Tweeting out messages hoping to get Rider Nation riled up and head to the game.

Head Coach Corey Chamblin has been on the other side as well.

"It's a little disheartening also, because that's your home turf and you want to see your own colour," said Chamblin. "We want to pack it with green."

It's not something that has been lost in the locker room this week, as Durant said that both Anderson and Chamblin have been talking about what it's like to have the stadium basically split down the middle.

For their part the Stamps have been trying to rally their fan base as well, trying to keep the green somewhat at bay. Like any good rivalry in sports, it often starts with the fans.

"When you have two good teams, you can start with that," said Durant, explaining why the rivalry is so fierce. "Every time we play each other it's a dog fight."

For some of the members of the Green and White this will be their first time in the middle of the Riders and Stamps rivalry in Calgary. Among them is receiver Geroy Simon, who is looking forward to the experience. But Simon admits he's been through it before.

"There's a lot of Saskatchewan fans in Vancouver and there was a lot of fans that converted once the Riders game," said Simon. "I expect the same thing in Calgary."

However Simon said that's all part of being a professional and you can't let that kind of stuff get to you. He insists they just go out there and play their game.