Redblacks Overview

Fast facts

League: Canadian Football League

Head Coach: Paul LaPolice

Team Mascot: Big Joe

Year Opened: 1908

Capacity: 24000

City / State: Lansdowne Park Ottawa / Ontario

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Redblacks vs Alouettes

Rival Team: Montreal Alouettes

The Redblacks-Alouettes rivalry may be rather new by CFL standards, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find a hard fought contest when these two square off. If you want to see a good game of CFL football, then there are few better than a Redblacks-Alouettes game.

Redblacks vs Argonauts

Rival Team: Toronto Agonauts

The NHL rivalry between the Ottawa and Toronto is an intense one, and it’s no different when it comes to the CFL. There is always a lot of bragging rights on the line when these two Ontario-based rivals square off, so don’t miss it when the Redblacks take on the Argonauts.

Redblacks Tailgate Guide


A Redblacks game at TD Place Stadium is home to an excellent tailgating experience filled with lots to see and do. Those of you who are looking to get the traditional tailgating experience will without a doubt want to check out the #RNation Pre-Game Tailgate Party. The party is home to everything you could want in a tailgate party including beer, barbecue, and live music. Don’t worry though if the bar scene is more your thing as the Local Pub and Eatery is also home to a tailgate party as well meaning you’ll find lots of Redblacks fans at the nearby bars before the game.

In addition to plenty of places to party, the Redblacks pregame festivities also include a Kids Zone. At the Kids Zone, you’ll find a variety of kids activities including face painting and inflatables making it the perfect place to take the kids before the game.

Finally, make sure to snap a picture with the Frank Clair Statue before the game and to see all Lansdowne Park has to offer. Lansdowne Park features basketball courts, a skate park, a horticulture building, and much more giving you plenty to see and do before the game starts.

You’ll have a fun time tailgating before a Redblacks game as there is a lot to see and do nearby no matter how mild or wild you’re looking to tailgate.


Kids Zone

Those of you bringing the kids to the game will want to stop by the Kids Zone located in the Event Square. The Kids Zone is home to inflatables, face painting, and more making it the perfect place for kids before the game.

Frank Clair Statue

Stop by and snap a picture with the Frank Clair statue before the game. The statue honors the long-time Ottawa Rough Riders coach and GM and is a can’t miss for any Ottawa CFL fan.

Lansdowne Park

Lansdowne Park is located right next to TD Place Stadium and is an excellent place to spend an afternoon. The park is home to the Aberdeen Pavilion, a horticulture building, kids play area, basketball courts, and much more.

Where to tailgate

Redblacks Stadium Guide

In Game

The Ottawa Redblacks may be the newest team in the CFL, but they’ve managed to build up quite the following since entering the league a few years ago. Redblacks fans are among the most passionate in the league, and it shows on game days as you’ll find the stands packed with Redblacks fans on game days. The fans here live and die with the team and all throughout the game you’ll be serenaded with their cheers. It also doesn’t hurt that the team has gone to two straight Grey Cups meaning you’ll get to see one of the best teams in the league when attending a Redblacks game.

In addition to the fantastic fan support and the quality team on the field, you’ll also see lots of pageantry at Redblacks games. The Redblacks and their fans are already making their mark with popular traditions such as the cutting of the Redblacks wood cookie following every touchdown. The cheer and dance team is also a must-see part of any Redblacks games, and no young fan can pass up the opportunity to get a high five from the team’s mascot, Big Joe.

Finally, you won’t have to worry about leaving a Redblacks game empty-handed as not only is TD Place Stadium home to a fantastic team shop you’ll also be treated to giveaways at every game. Whether you want a Redblacks foam finger, bumper sticker, jersey, cap, or just about anything you’ll find one here at TD Place Stadium.

You’ll have an incredible time at a Redblacks game as the team’s recent success, and the city’s love for their team make it an unforgettable experience.

Things to check out

Subaru Log Cabin

The Subaru Log Cabin is located in the west end zone and is the perfect place to take in the game. The Log Cabin provides you with not only an incredible view of all the action on the field but also food and beverages as well. There are few better ways to watch the game than from the Log Cabin, so reserve your spot today.


Throughout the season, the Redblacks give away a lot of great swag. Arrive early, so you don’t miss out on your chance to pick up a Redblacks flag, bumper sticker, or whatever the giveaway is for this weeks game.

Redblacks Team Shop

No trip to TD Place Stadium is complete without picking up some Redblacks gear from the team shop. The team shop is home to a wide variety of merchandise including jerseys, shirts, caps, and much more.

Wood Cookies

After every Redblacks touchdown, a wood cookie is cut from a log in celebration. Don’t miss the touchdown celebration as it’s one of the unique parts of a Redblacks game and it works the crowd into a frenzy.

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Big Joe

Don’t miss Big Joe when attending a Redblacks game. Big Joe is the official mascot of the Redblacks and is beloved by fans young and old. You never know what he’ll do next so keep an eye out for him at the game.

Redblacks Cheer and Dance Team

The Redblacks Cheer and Dance team is a can’t miss part of any Redblacks game. These talented performers’ routines feature a variety of stunts and dances making them a must-see part of any game.

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Fight Songs

  1. Field Goal Chant

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!

  2. Redblacks Theme Song

Redblacks Bars & Restaurants

  1. JOEY

    JOEY Salad Sushi

    Casual dining experience with a globally inspired menu, selection of award-winning wines and array of hand-crafted cocktails.

    825 Exhibition Way #103, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W7, Canada


    Bar website

    american - asian - european - $$

  2. Giovanni’s Restaurant & Dining

    Giovannis Restaurant Dining Salad

    Romantic, upmarket eatery featuring Italian dishes, an extensive wine list & desserts.

    362 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4M7, Canada


    Bar website

    italian - $$$

  3. The Prescott

    Bellas Pizza of Bristol Pizza Don Vitos Italian Restaurant Pizza Chiefs Place PIzza Pizza Patriot Pub & Grub Pizza Robertos Pizza Ranias Restaurant Pizza The Prescott Pizza Pleasant City Wood Fired Grille Pauls Deli Restaurant Wildcat Angelas Ristorante Pizzeria

    Long-time restaurant & sports bar offering Italian eats, including square pizzas, with live music.

    379 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1S 4N1, Canada


    Bar website

    pizza - sportsbar - $$

  4. Pubwells Restaurant

    Pubwells Restaurant Beer

    Famous for pizzas and burgers, Pubwells offers a wide variety of menu items that are sure to keep you hungry or more.

    96 Preston St, Ottawa, ON K1R 7N9, Canada


    Bar website

    american - $$

  5. Colonnade PIzza & Restaurant

    Custom Pizza Co Pizza Elizabeths Pizza Pizza Colonnade PIzza Restaurant Pizza

    Their signature pizzas are sure to take you to cloud 9.

    280 Metcalfe St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1R6, Canada


    Bar website

    pizza - $$

  6. Elgin Street Diner

    Elgin Street Diner Sandwich Fries

    Informal, always-open eatery serving diner classics, from breakfast & burgers to poutine & meatloaf.

    374 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1N1, Canada


    Bar website

    american - $$

  7. Union 613

    Union 613 Seared Duck Breast

    Stylishly old-timey hangout with communal seating & a menu of Southern-inspired dishes & libations.

    315 Somerset St W, Ottawa, ON K2P 0J8, Canada

    Bar website

    american - $$$

  8. The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro

    The WORKS Gourmet Burger Bistro Burger

    Innovative burgers that is sure to wake your tastebuds up.

    3500 Fallowfield Rd, Ottawa, ON • K2J 4A7, Canada


    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. Kettleman’s Bagel Co.

    Kettlemans Bagel Co Bagel

    Kettleman’s hand-rolled Montréal style bagels, unique spreads, fresh salads, and sandwiches make the perfect breakfast-to-go, boardroom power lunch or late night indulgence.

    912 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W6, Canada


    Bar website

    american - $

  10. Local Lansdowne

    Local Lansdowne Local Burger

    Upscale comfort food, craft beer & kitschy cocktails are served in a retro-chic space with games.

    825 Exhibition Way #107, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W7, Canada


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Irene’s Pub

    Irenes Pub Breakfast

    Irene’s is always stocked with an impressive selection of single malt whiskies.

    885 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K1S 3W4, Canada


    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. Erling’s Variety

    Erlings Variety Seafood Scallop

    Daily changing, seasonally inspired small plates, cocktails & wine in an open-concept space.

    225 Strathcona Ave, Ottawa, ON K1S 1X7, Canada


    Bar website

    american - $$$

  13. St. Louis Bar & Grill

    St Louis Bar Grill Chicken Wings

    St. Louis Bar and Grill proudly stands apart from the multitude of casual-dining, concept-driven franchise models on the market.

    399 Elgin St #2, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M9, Canada


    Bar website

    american - $$

  14. The Standard

    The Standard Steak

    Rustic-chic nightspot with an outdoor patio providing elevated bar eats, spirits & evening DJs.

    360 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M8, Canada


    Bar website

    american - $$