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Football Fever: Grey Cup 2014

The Grey Cup makes its way to Vancouver, bringing fast-paced football and four days of celebrations that go way beyond the usual end-zone dance

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

    The 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game will take place in Vancouver, November 30

The 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game will take place in Vancouver, November 30

From the stands at BC Place Stadium to the streets of Vancouver, the 102nd Grey Cup promises to have fans on their feet for a weekend of football and festivities. The Canadian Football League (CFL) championship game will see the sports arena packed to capacity with 52,000 cheering fans on game day. But the celebrations don’t start—or end—there. Street festivals, a parade and concerts featuring Trooper, Tim Hicks, Hey Ocean! and 54-40 mean there’s just as much excitement outside the stadium as inside.

2014 GREY CUP FESTIVAL EVENTS

Thursday, November 27 
CALGARY GREY CUP COMMITTEE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Canada Place Way –  11 am-1 pm
TELUS STREET FESTIVAL
Canada Place Way  –  11 am-9 pm
PLAYNOW.COM MAIN STAGE
Canada Place Way –  3 pm-9 pm
CONCERT SERIES
Vancouver Convention Centre –  5 pm-12 am
CFL PLAYER AWARDS
Queen Elizabeth Theatre –  7 pm-9 pm

Friday, November 28 
CALGARY GREY CUP COMMITTEE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Canada Place Way –  11 am-1 pm
TELUS STREET FESTIVAL
Canada Place Way –  11 am-9 pm
BLAKES CFL ALUMNI LEGENDS LUNCHEON
Vancouver Convention Centre –  11 am-1:30 pm
PLAYNOW.COM MAIN STAGE
Canada Place Way –  3 pm-9 pm
CONCERT SERIES
Vancouver Convention Centre –  4 pm-12 am
CANADIAN FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME NIGHT
Hyatt Regency Hotel –  7 pm
EDGEWATER CASINO NIGHT
Vancouver Convention Centre –  7 pm-10 pm

Saturday, November 29
SAVE-ON-FOODS GREY CUP FESTIVAL PARADE
Downtown Vancouver –  10 am-12 pm
TELUS STREET FESTIVAL
Canada Place Way –  11 am-9 pm
CHEERLEADER EXTRAVAGANZA
Vancouver Convention Centre –  12 pm-2 pm
CONCERT SERIES
Vancouver Convention Centre –  12 pm-12 am
PLAYNOW.COM MAIN STAGE
Canada Place Way –  3 pm-9 pm
ROCK AND ROAR GALA
Vancouver Convention Centre –  5:30 pm-11 pm

Sunday, November 30
GREY CUP FAN MARCH
Jack Poole Plaza –  11:30 am
TAILGATE PARTY
Terry Fox Plaza –  11 am-3 pm
102nd GREY CUP CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
BC Place –  Kick-off at 3 pm

Tickets and info at 102greycupfestival.ca

WHERE TO WATCH
Snagging tickets to the Grey Cup is no easy task, but there are plenty of spots to watch the big game while surrounded by enthusiastic fans. Head to these bars and restaurants for the atmosphere and giant TVs showing all the action:
Back Forty
Cactus Club Cafe
Library Square Public House
Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery
Score on Davie
Yaletown Brewing Co.

GET THE GEAR
Looking to get your cheer on? Or snag the perfect souvenir? Then be sure to grab official CFL gear from these retailers located downtown:
Sport Chek (701 W. Georgia St., in Pacific Centre)
Vancity Sports (646 Seymour St.)
Lids (1167 Robson St.)
Town & City Enterprises (849 Hornby St.)
Granville Sports Corner (925 Granville St.)
Robson Sports (653 Robson St.)

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