The Grey Cup: Pinnacle Event to a Parade of Spectacles
The countdown until kickoff is rapidly closing in on zero.
When the first Grey Cup whistle blows, the stadium at the Canadian Football Championship Game will be a roaring epicenter
of football fanfare and excitement. If you're a sports fan, there's no excuse for not experiencing the most popular football
game of the year live.
What You Can Expect
Organizers will be taking full advantage of a monstrous sound system,
bringing the best in Canadian-grown talent right to midfield. The game is consistently the most-watched one-day championship
event in Canada, and the stadium itself will fill with more that 32,000 football fans. The calendar leading up to the big
game is loaded with action and adventure, from live concerts with world-class entertainment, street parties featuring celebrity
appearances and diverse festival events humming with family fun. Experience the entire spectacle firsthand as rock stars,
professional athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and marketers convene in top form during one of Canada's most
popular national gatherings. The week-long festival surrounding the game is a confluence of innovation and talent that truly
showcases the amazing athletic, commercial and artistic excellence Canada has to offer.
Over 100 Years of Tradition
Grey Cup tradition began on Dec. 4, 1909, when Governor General Earl Grey saw fit to donate a trophy to the winner of the
amateur rugby football championship. The lucky recipients were the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, who had defeated Toronto
Parkdale 26-6 at Rosedale Field. Only teams from Quebec and Ontario vied for the Cup until 1921, when football teams from
the West joined the competition. This served as a precursor for the East/West rivalry that exists in the CFL today.
then, the Grey Cup has seen quite a bit of excitement. It has been stolen and held for ransom twice, broken on several different
occasions and even survived a fire in 1947. Despite the trophy's neutral suggestion in the color scheme, it is actually a
shiny silver chalice perched atop a large silver base. The names of every player and executive on every team who win the Cup
are engraved into the sides.
Famous Grey Cup Games
Late fall in Canada is full of surprises. Rain, fog, mud,
wind, snow or even sunshine are possible. On Nov. 25, 1950, the Grey Cup turned into the "Mud Bowl," as rain turned Toronto's
Varsity Stadium into a brown quagmire of muck. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were shut out by the Toronto Argonauts 13-0. The
match up on Dec. 1, 1962, is referred to as the "Fog Bowl," when folks with Grey Cup tickets spent two days at Exhibition
Stadium in Toronto. A thick cloud of fog descended onto the field until play was finally suspended and ordered to resume on
the following day. After all was said and done, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers emerged victorious over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
The "Ice Bowl" commenced on Nov. 27, 1977, after a blizzard hit Montreal two days prior. Efforts to melt the icy field were
thwarted by plummeting temperatures. The home team adapted to their field, however, as the Alouettes trounced the Edmonton
Eskimos 41-6. The "Snow Bowl" was played on Nov. 24, 1996, at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The Doug Flutie-led Toronto Argonauts beat
the Edmonton Eskimos 43-37 in a freezing flurry of snow.
CFL fans take great pride in the
opportunity to be a spectator at the championship game. Most hold onto their Grey Cup tickets, or the stubs at least, for
a long time afterward as mementos of an amazing experience. The CFL takes a unique approach to professional athletic promotion.
They reach out and engage people by hosting events leading up to the game, where the team executives, coaches and athletes
all interact with the fans. By game time, spectators feel connected to the game, with a deeper sense of involvement and personal