Last year's North Division winners, the Calgary Stampeders returned to the site of the 1995 Grey Cup to open the 1996 season. Twenty thousand fans filed into Taylor Field in Regina to see how their ’Riders would fare against the new look Stampeders. Saskatchewan opened the scoring at the mid-point of the first quarter. Quarterback Warren Jones led a march to the Calgary 20-yard line that ended with a 27 yard field goal by rookie kicker Darcy Dahlem. The Stamps fought back in the second quarter scoring on their first possession. Quarterback Jeff Garcia connected with Terry Vaughn for a 104 yard passing touchdown. Mark McLoughlin kicked the convert. Saskatchewan battled back capitalizing on a fumble recovery by Aaron Ruffin. Dahlem kicked his second field goal of the game, this time from 32 yards out. Not to be out done, Calgary marched back up the field taking full advantage of the 0:53 seconds remaining in the half. McLoughlin hit his first field goal of the game with no time left on the clock. The third quarter belonged to the Stampeders. Garcia threw his second TD pass of the game early in the quarter, this time to Travis Moore. Again McLoughlin made the convert. McLoughlin got the call twice more in the quarter, making field goals from the 29 and 13-yard lines to give the Stampeders a 17 point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Calgary, again, opened the quarter strongly. McLoughlin capped the Stamp’s first possession with an 11 yard field goal. Saskatchewan continued to struggle, but did manage to put a major on the board. Willie Latta carried the ball in from the 1-yard line to take advantage of an interception by Terryl Ulmer. Dahlem kicked the convert. With Danny Barrett in the game for Calgary, the Stampeders put one more touchdown on the board. Barrett hit Dave Sapunjis with a 40 yard pass and McLoughlin made the convert to end the scoring for the game. The Stampeders open their season with a strong performance and a convincing victory 33 to 13 over the Western ’Riders.