The Ottawa Redblacks played their inaugural game Friday. There were a few stumbling blocks and some old rivalries were renewed, but the team was ultimately the star of the show as they won their home opener in a nail-biter.
We’ve tracked mentions of “Redblacks” over the past month or so, and last Friday the team was mentioned more than 11,000 times between 4 p.m. and midnight.
Twitter lit up just after 9 p.m. as the Redblacks’ quarterback, Henry Burris, led the team on a last-minute drive to set up a field goal to clinch the comeback victory.
The spike at the end of the game accounted for over ten per cent of all tweets during the period.
There were, however, a few hiccups in the first game at the brand new TD Place. This included issues with ATMs and the women’s washrooms, while some of the concession stands also ran out of beer:
The win seemed to smooth things over, though, and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group said they would work to fix the issues for future games.
The game also saw the revival of the north side-south side rivalry, which harkens back to the days of the Rough Riders.
We may not have seen a RedBlacks touch down but at least we know that the North Side still sucks. — Ian McAlpine (@Ian_McAlpine) July 19, 2014
Overall, fans seemed to have a great night and everyone (with a few exceptions) seems happy to finally have football back in the nation’s capital.