A record crowd of more than 12,000 passed through the gates at McMahon Stadium on Saturday for Fanfest, presented by Alberta Ram Dealers.
This free annual event allows Stampeders players, coaches, the Outriders dance team, Ralph the Dog and fans to interact on the McMahon turf on the final weekend before the start of training camp for the new Canadian Football League season.
"It was a beautiful day and a fantastic event and I can't think of a better way to kick off the season," said Stampeders president Gordon Norrie. "Thanks to everyone who turned up in record numbers today."
The day got under way with a pancake breakfast in the East parking lot as the Calgary Grey Cup committee served more than 1,200 breakfasts to hungry fans.
The activities then moved inside the stadium with player autographs, pictures with the Grey Cup, locker-room tours, partner activations, games and activities.
The players and coaches were introduced, with star running back Jon Cornish, toting the Grey Cup, being the last to come up on stage. Two members of the team were formally honoured on Saturday as Corey Mace received the Presidents' Ring - which goes to the Stamps player who best demonstrates excellence on and off the field - while Randy Chevrier was presented with the Herm Harrison Memorial Award for his tireless community involvement.