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CardiacKid
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Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:10 pm

I ran across a piece of 70s Lions memorabilia that I have never seen before while on holiday this summer. I had to pick it up as it was (at least in my mind) bit of an oddball piece and I was wondering if anyone has any memories of using it while going to Empire.

It is a piece of corrugated cardboard that folds down into a seat; much like those low profile chairs you can use at open air concerts. I took a couple of pictures....
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Were these fairly common back in the day? They obviously were meant to be fairly ephemeral and being made of cardboard they likely didn't last long.
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Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:48 am

I wouldn't say they were common but yeah, we used them at old Empire. Our seats were in the far northeast corner, section EE, aka the CKNW 98 Club. Back in the day the seating was basically a wooden plank (painted 2x8?) and your back would get sore from lack of support so these would make it a bit more comfortable. Since we were in the last covered section, the rain would blow in under the roof from the north, turning the cardboard to mush, so I'm surprised the ones you found were in pretty good shape.

I can't find examples on the web but over the years we also had other versions of folding stadium seat. The best was a heavy-gauge metal wire frame with canvas seat and back, sort of like a director's chair uses. I think the seat was black and the back was orange with a big Lions logo on it. And I think for a couple of seasons we had a seat with a cushion for your butt. Numb bum was a common problem on those cold, hard planks.

The 98 Club had lots of prize giveaways, like record albums, CKNW stickers, and coupon books for Texan Burgers. I remember stopping off at the Texan on West Georgia, a couple of locks from Stanley Park, where we would redeem our coupons then take our food to the park for a picnic.

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Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:28 am

QB Club 63 wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:48 am
I wouldn't say they were common but yeah, we used them at old Empire. Our seats were in the far northeast corner, section EE, aka the CKNW 98 Club. Back in the day the seating was basically a wooden plank (painted 2x8?) and your back would get sore from lack of support so these would make it a bit more comfortable. Since we were in the last covered section, the rain would blow in under the roof from the north, turning the cardboard to mush, so I'm surprised the ones you found were in pretty good shape.

I can't find examples on the web but over the years we also had other versions of folding stadium seat. The best was a heavy-gauge metal wire frame with canvas seat and back, sort of like a director's chair uses. I think the seat was black and the back was orange with a big Lions logo on it. And I think for a couple of seasons we had a seat with a cushion for your butt. Numb bum was a common problem on those cold, hard planks.

The 98 Club had lots of prize giveaways, like record albums, CKNW stickers, and coupon books for Texan Burgers. I remember stopping off at the Texan on West Georgia, a couple of locks from Stanley Park, where we would redeem our coupons then take our food to the park for a picnic.
There were a couple of CKNW branded pieces on eBay recently related to the Leo's. A couple of those cushions if I remember correct;y. The seller was wanting upwards of $75-$100 but no idea if they sold. Probably worthwhile rooting around to see if you still have them.

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