The Calgary Stampeders‘ touchdown horse “Quick Six” won’t be galloping down the sidelines at Sunday’s Grey Cup game in Toronto.
The Canadian Football League told the team the mascot is not welcome at BMO Field because “there isn’t enough room.”
“Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough room on the sidelines at BMO Field for us to safely accommodate either Quick Six, the Stampeders’ Touchdown Horse, or the Algonquin Loggersports Team, that cuts a wood cookie each time the Redblacks score a touchdown,” CFL Director of Communications Paulo Senra said in a statement.
“The teams have been notified of this. We are, however, looking forward to seeing their cheer teams at Grey Cup as well as their mascots, Ralph the Dog from Calgary, and Big Joe from Ottawa.”
BMO Field, which is managed by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, has been expanded from 27,000 to about 35,000 seats for the Grey Cup game and is expected to have limited sideline space.
This is the second Stampeders Grey Cup appearance in a row where Quick Six was confronted with some unease in Toronto.
The horse was permitted inside the Rogers Centre during the 2012 championship game but was not allowed to run up and down the sidelines.
The Redblacks’ chainsaw crew was also prohibited from sawing logs on the field at the Grey Cup game in Winnipeg.