Headed to Calgary for the 107th Grey Cup to cheer on your team? Be prepared for the best party that our nation has to offer!
First a brief history lesson: Calgary invented the Grey Cup party. It was 1948 and the Calgary Stampeders were off to Toronto for the team’s first crack at North America’s oldest sporting trophy. Calgarians jammed trains full of fans headed east and swarmed Toronto in the days leading up to the game. They offered free pancake breakfasts to locals, started parades and dance parties wherever they went, and even rode a horse into the Royal York Hotel lobby. The Stampeders went on to win that game and the country hasn’t been the same since.
Every year, the CFL Family gathers at the site of the championship game. Fans from across the world descend on the host city and raise their collective glasses, bottles, and cans to the teams and the league they treasure so much. This year’s game will be no different.
Here’s all the best last-minute fan tips to make your Grey Cup experience awesome.