It may be 132 days away, but preparation is already gearing up for the highly-anticipated 102nd Grey Cup Festival coming back to Vancouver this November. The grey cup features the best two teams in the Canadian Football League (CFL) facing off against each other to get a chance at winning the coveted grey cup.
While its still a ways away, it’s worth getting excited for the 102nd Grey Cup. As B.C. Premier Christy Clark put it, it’s not just a football game, “but a week-long festival of Canadian football and culture”.
In 2011, Vancouver had the pleasure of hosting the 99th Grey Cup championship and Festival — Canada’s largest sporting event.
The festival ran for four days in Downtown Vancouver with events that ranged from free family entertainment to ticketed concerts. This year, the festival will return with the same gusto and family-friendly events. Hopefully the 90,000 square foot Molson Canadian House will also be returing to the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Events and promotion details will be released closer to the actual date of the festivities, but keep your eye on the Fanzone to stay in the loop about the awesome events that are sure to be scheduled.
Will the BC Lions even be in this year’s Grey Cup? It’s too early to know at this time, but hopefully the team makes it to the championship and wins on their own home turf (knock on wood!).
Tickets to the Grey Cup game on November 30 at 3pm range from $175 to $445 and while most of the outlying events will be free and open to all CFL and Festival Fans, a select number of events will require a ticket for access. Tickets for festival events that include the CFL Player Awards, Alumni Association Legends Lunch, Lions Den, Concert Series, and the Festival Gala will go on sale in September 2014.
Did you attend the 99th Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver in 2011? What was your best memory from the event? Let us know in the comment section!