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Roughnecks unveil updated jerseys, new turf

Last Updated Sep 8, 2021 at 11:59 am MDT

Calgary Roughnecks players Christian Del Bianco, Dan Taylor and Reece Callies pose with new jerseys that will be worn for the upcoming lacrosse season. The team is also partnering with WestJet and will play on a redesigned field at the Saddledome. (PHOTO: Tom Ross, 660 NEWS)

CALGARY — It has been a long 18 months since the Calgary Roughnecks last took to the field after the COVID-19 pandemic put an early halt to the 2020 season and kept the National Lacrosse League (NLL) out of action for the following season as well.

When the squad does get back to play in December, they will be rocking a new look and playing on a new turf at the Saddledome.

During a ceremony on Wednesday, the updated style was shown off to the media as the team said this is a new era for the defending 2019 champions.

It’s all part of a partnership between the team and Calgary-based airline WestJet, with playing surface now named WestJet Field.

“It’s unique, it’s outside the box, it’s new to the NLL and we think we’ll be the start of something through the NLL when you can announce partnerships like this and turf like this, it’s pretty cool,” said Roughnecks VP and Governor Mike Moore.

The jerseys are doing away with the classic red and black colour scheme, and instead going with black, white and grey.

“I think they look sharp, I think they did a good job keeping the jerseys really clean. The third one’s exciting, kind of brings something new, and I think the fans are going to love them,” said Roughnecks forward Dan Taylor.

The jerseys are available for purchase right now.

Moore said they are itching to get back on the field and officially start defending their title.

“We’re still defending champions because there’s been no league to play and have a championship to determine, that’s a long time,” he said.

There’s also a local connection to the turf, as it was designed by a company based in Airdrie called Perfect Surfaces.

“We determined that they knew what they were doing, and lo and behold yes they knew what they were doing,” Moore said. “Real important that we did the due diligence on the turf and so important that we were able to use a local company to work with.”

The 2021-22 season officially gets underway on Dec. 4 when the Roughnecks hit the road against Buffalo.