Calgary Lands '19 Grey Cup Behind Plans For Big Fan Festival
The Calgary Stampeders will host the '19 Grey Cup at McMahon Stadium, and CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie "stressed that a huge part of Calgary’s winning bid was their plans for a bigger, better fan festival in the week preceding the league’s championship game," according to Daniel Austin of the CALGARY HERALD. The '19 game will mark the "fifth time Calgary has hosted the Grey Cup, with the most recent coming" in '09. At that game, temporary seating was "added in the endzones at McMahon Stadium to increase capacity, but that’s not something fans should be expecting for next year’s game." Stampeders President & GM John Hufnagel said, “Right now, we’re more or less looking at temporary suites in the endzone, not putting up the temporary (seats) they had in 2009." While details on Calgary’s plan for the game and the festival "were scarce," Alberta Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda "announced that the province would be providing" C$1.5M in "funding for the game and the festival." The Stampeders announced that fans who purchase season tickets for '18 "will be guaranteed the opportunity to buy a Grey Cup seat for 2019 before the general public" (CALGARY HERALD, 4/26).