The last time the Grey Cup was in Saskatchewan was in 2007. It was a great moment when the Roughriders defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to win their third Grey Cup in history.
On Thursday morning from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Grey Cup will be in Moose Jaw as part of the highly anticipated Grey Cup 100 Tour. The Cup will be at the Canadian Pacific Railway. The main festivities will begin at noon with the RCMP bringing the Cup to a podium where Mayor Glenn Hagel will make a ceremonial speech
The Grey Cup Train features three cars where fans can go in and view the history of the league, see what a Canadian Football League locker room looks like as well as see the Cup in person and get photos taken with it.
“It is so exciting as it is a once in a life time event,” stated Josh Zimmer, SIAST Marketing student and a spokesperson for the event. “People will have to opportunity to get their picture taken with the Cup.”
Students from the SIAST Palliser Campus Marketing program are planning the local events surrounding the train’s stop in the city as part of their course in Event Planning and Public Relations.
Alumni George Reed, Scott Schultz and Matt Dominguez will also be at the site for fans to get photos and autographs from noon until 2 p.m. The Riders cheerleaders and Gainer the Gopher will also be in attendance.
“Moose Jaw is probably never going to be able to see something like this again, so having the alumni here and the only CFL team in Saskatchewan, it is pretty big,” said Zimmer.
The events planned include a barbecue at the site, where Safeway has donated all the food and beverages, but donations will be accepted and will go towards breast cancer research. An interactive target practice facility will also be on site for kids and fans to enjoy.
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