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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 4:03 PM
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I wonder how realistic it is given that IGF is pretty busy now that there are two tenants
The key would be doing advanced work for any modifications needed for goal post changes, if needed. There is a hole in the IGF scheduling that would allow the NFL game on the weekend in late August. They may do end zone painting in advance of the Valour game that is a couple days before the weekend and then likely paint the inside of the field after the game is done but before the NFL.

They could also dress the stadium as needed before the NFL game. It isn't like other events don't happen with dressing of the building and field for something different.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 4:08 PM
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^ Yeah, on giving it further thought, the logistics probably aren't that complicated. Having a Rider game the very next day was pushing it for Sask, but if there's at least a couple days before any NFL game and one day after then it should be fine.

I suppose it all comes down to cost and the level of risk the Bombers would be willing to take on, I'm sure there would be a lofty pricetag attached to hosting a NFL preseason game here which isn't helped by the current exchange rate. It would be interesting to know the ticket price points that they're tossing around for this game. The worst scenario would be that the game is played in front of 20,000 people and the Bombers take a bath because not enough people wanted to pay $180 or whatever for a ticket for a preseason game.
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2019, 4:24 PM
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In terms of relocating the goal posts, my thinking is pick a time well in advanced for the game and put in a mounting bracket in the needed location under the turf to relocate a single goal post. Then place a cover over it and the turf over the cover.

My understanding of the turf they are using is that it is essentially unstructured material, think like sand on a beach. The pieces are longer are connect together to mostly stay fixed in place under normal conditions but if needed you could likely remove a section with minimal work if you needed to scrape off the top to change over some lines.

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Plus I'm sure NFL teams and broadcasters that have never been here before would want at least a couple days pre-game to get used to the place and get everything set up.
I would hazard a guess that other than on-air people the NFL would heavily utilize the same crews that work the CFL games at IGF. Not sure if the camera operators, etc are local or travel in for each game. In terms of the on-air talent, while it isn't the exact same setup, they could come in well in advance and work with the local CFL on-air team to go through how game day works. The Bombers could also provider volunteer escorts or similar for things like how to get from the hotel to IGF and then from the parking spot to the broadcast booth/field level. These people are professionals and can quickly adapt to being in a different broadcast booth etc. They don't need a week of time locally to figure out how to call a game. The only piece that would truly requires some additional advanced work would be local colour type stores to run when the game is broadcast but those could be prepared whenever and don't depend on the IGF setup for the game itself.
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