It was one wild tailgate party for 4,000 World Skills competitors, delegates and volunteers yesterday before the Stampeders Labour Day Classic.
While many of the competitors have never seen the North American version of football, most were excited to take in the big game while enjoying food, drinks, sports and games before the game in the parking lot of the Foothills Stadium.
United Kingdom aircraft maintenance competitor Stewart Wright said between Sunday night, and the Labour Day Classic, they were both the biggest parties he has been a guest of.
“Everything is great, it’s really exciting and Calgary has put on a really good show. I just hope someone can help teach us the rules about the football game,” he said.
His companion, fellow United Kingdom team leader Jonnah Jones said he gives Calgary a big “yee-haw.”
Many teams, including the Sweden team, took in a Vipers practice while relaxing on the bleachers, where teammate Camille Cederlund sat back and took in the sun.
“It’s all been so much fun and Calgary is really an amazing city. The football game is going to be fun too,” she said before the kick-off.
World Skills chair Guy Mallabone said all 46 winners of the competition were taking part of the Labour Day game halftime show in celebration of the competition.
“It’s the perfect end to the perfect competition and the great blue skies and weather were nice too. It’s another home run and a great opportunity for the best of each country to represent their teams,” Mallabone said.
Mallabone said everyone will be taking back great memories with them after the successful games.
“And today is basically one big tailgate party for everyone to celebrate.”