Last Minute Grey Cup Fan Tips

Grey Cup in Calgary
Grey Cup in Calgary
Grey Cup in Calgary

Last Minute Grey Cup Fan Tips

Last minute fan tips for visiting Calgary for the 107th Grey Cup.

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.

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Both teams in the 107th Grey Cup have so much riding on the game that the game stands to be a classic.

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Keith Urban performs at the 107th Grey Cup Halftime Show.

Keith Urban performs at the 107th Grey Cup Halftime Show.

For the fans the party starts much earlier than that!

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Fans from across the CFL celebrate the Grey Cup.

Fans from across the CFL celebrate the Grey Cup.

Where can I find the CFL Team Parties?

What’s the best way to get around Calgary?

Where should Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans go to eat?

Where should Hamilton Tiger-Cats fans go to eat?

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Celebrate the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary.

Celebrate the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary.

What else should I do to celebrate the Grey Cup?

Here’s some other things you should add to your Grey Cup bucket list.

Take a picture with the Wandering Glenns. New to the Grey Cup scene this year, this troupe pays homage to retired player Kevin Glenn and his unique achievement of having played for every single team in the league. The Travelling Glenns will also be distributing the 2019 version of the Canadian Football Podcast Network trading cards.

Find the Stallions fans and say hello. There used to be American teams in the CFL. While the expansion didn’t last, the Baltimore Stallions are the only team that managed to win a Grey Cup Championship and ever since a few diehards from Baltimore make the trip. You can’t miss them in their floor length dusters and cowboy hats.

Pick a team to root for and stick with them. Whether it’s the rivalry that encourages you to root against a team or just a willingness to see one streak come to an end, sports are always more fun when you are rooting for someone. So, pick a team and cheer them to victory!

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By
Ryan Ballantine is CFL fan and a proud member of the CFL Horsemen.