The 1979Ottawa Rough Riders finished in 2nd place in the Eastern Conference with an 8–6–2 record. Prior to the 2015 season, the 1979 season was the last time that an Ottawa-based CFL team had a winning season.
In May 1979, Tom Clements was traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Clements-Holloway quarterback combination would be no more. From 1975–78, under Holloway and Clements, the Rough Riders compiled a 38–24–2 record, which included two Eastern Division championships and a Grey Cup win in 1976 over Saskatchewan. This lent to the credence of the "two number-ones" stratagem and both quarterbacks' team-first attitude.
TD Place Stadium
TD Place Stadium is a 24, 000-seat stadium in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is located at Lansdowne Park, on the edge of The Glebe neighbourhood. It is the home of the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League and it was known as Frank Clair Stadium until it was renamed on January 7,2014. It has existed in form since the 1870s, and as a complete stadium since 1908. The playing field, part of the Ottawa Exposition Grounds, was first cleared in the 1870s and it was used for equestrian events, lacrosse and rugby football. The first permanent grandstand was built on the side of the playing field in 1908. It was demolished in 1967 to build a new set of stands with an ice hockey arena underneath. A small grandstand was built in the 1920s on the south-side of the field, a second deck for the south-side was added during the 1970s. As of 2008, prior to lower south-side demolition, the stadium had a 30,927 capacity for football. In the late 1990s, the stadium was threatened with demolition when then-mayor Jim Watson led a drive by the government to allow a private developer to reconfigure Lansdowne Park. The proposals submitted all called for residences to be built on the site of the football stadium. Massive public opposition and the realization that the end of the stadium would mean the end of hopes to return CFL football to the capital led the government to step in. For many years, the stadium was known as Lansdowne Park and it was renamed in 1993 to honour Frank Clair, coach and general manager for the Ottawa Rough Riders during the 1960s and 1970s. In September 2007, the south side stands were closed because of cracks in the concrete structure. After the closure of the stands, then-Ottawa mayor Larry OBrien was quoted at the time that this was an opportunity to do a review of the usage, subsequently a process was started called Design Lansdowne to get public consultations on the Park and the stadium. After an engineering study of the north-side and south-side grandstands, the stands were condemned. The lower section of the stands was demolished by controlled implosion on July 20,2008 at 8,03 am, during the summer of 2008, a consortium of investors was formed to pursue a new CFL team in Ottawa. They bid successfully and received a franchise from the CFL
1978 Ottawa Rough Riders season
The 1978 Ottawa Rough Riders finished in 1st place in the East division with an 11–5 record. In 1978, Tony Garbriel was named the Outstanding Player in the CFL and he was the first Canadian to win that honour since Russ Jackson in 1969. No other Canadian has won the award since Gabriel, by 1978, Condredge Holloways interception totals had dropped from 9,6 and 5 in his first three years to just 2 on 214 attempts in 1978. Holloways share of Ottawas passing yards was between 25.7 –32.8 percent over the first three years, in 1978, it soared to 49.7 percent. Holloways higher profile and obvious improvement would be factors in Clements May,1979 trade to Saskatchewan, CFLs Most Outstanding Player Award – Tony Gabriel CFLs Most Outstanding Canadian Award – Tony Gabriel CFLs Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award – Jim Coode