Sunday, July 31, 2016
OTTAWA TO HOST 2017 GREY CUP
“We’re bringing Canada’s cup to Canada’s capital in the year we all celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” said Jeffrey L. Orridge, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.
“It’s going to be very special for our fans and our league and, most of all, our country.”
The annual championship game of the CFL, the Grey Cup presented by Shaw will be played at TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne Park on Sunday, November 26, 2017.
“We are thrilled to host the 2017 Grey Cup and cap off a year of Canada 150 celebrations in the nation’s capital,” said Jeff Hunt, President of OSEG, the Ottawa REDBLACKS’ parent company.
“I’d like to thank the CFL Board of Governors and Commissioner Orridge for giving us this amazing opportunity and I promise CFL fans across the country that we’ll put on a great show and welcome them to Ottawa with open arms.”
Canada’s largest single-day sporting event, the Grey Cup presented by Shaw is also one of the country’s biggest celebrations and most cherished traditions.
The game attracts a massive television audience: usually 1 out of every 3 Canadians watches at least part of the game. And it is preceded by a multiday festival hosted by the local team. Canadians from every corner of the country travel to the host city for a massive celebration.
Together, the game and festival represent a significant opportunity. The total economic activity generated by the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto in 2012 was more than $133 million throughout the province of Ontario, with $94.7 million occurring in the city of Toronto according to the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance. Other Grey Cups have reported economic activity in the range of $100 million.
“The Grey Cup game and festival are iconic national events that provide a tremendous boost to the local economy, but more than that, they bring our nation together,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.
(Courtesy CFL.ca/CFL Communications)