August 30, 2012
Kamloops, B.C. - The highly anticipated Grey Cup 100 Tour, presented by RONA, will be making a stop in Kamloops.
The Canadian icon that has inspired so many pilgrimages is embarking on its own: the Grey Cup 100 Tour presented by RONA will take Canada by train this fall.
"The Grey Cup really belongs to every Canadian, so our goal for this special year of the 100th Grey Cup game is to bring it to as many cities, towns and Canadians as we can," said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. "And thanks to our presenting partner RONA, we are doing it in a way that will make Canadians proud, and in a most Canadian way possible: by train."
The Grey Cup 100 Tour presented by RONA will make over 100 stops across Canada. The Cup will be in Kamloops on Wednesday, September 12th, 2012. Events will take place from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at Hillside Stadium, including autograph signing, photo opportunities, BC Lions merchandise, a football obstacle course and the Kamloops Broncos Skills Station. Dates and times, and a full list of stops have been released and can be found at www.greycuptour.ca.
The Grey Cup will arrive in several cities aboard a specially retrofitted train that includes a car showcasing the Grey Cup, a special museum car that captures its long and storied history, and a team car that celebrates the special place today's CFL teams have in their communities and the hearts of their fans across the country. Although the train could not make it to Kamloops due to railway schedules, the Grey Cup will be transported by road to give fans the opportunity to have their photo taken alongside the Grey Cup and visit schools, hospitals and community centres.
Premier partners TELUS, TSN, RDS and Cisco have also been intimately involved in the support and planning of the tour which launches from Vancouver September 7th, spans 72 days, and will conclude in November when the Grey Cup arrives in Toronto for the 100th Grey Cup Festival followed, of course, by the 100th Grey Cup game on Sunday, November 25th.
Donated by then Governor General Earl Grey in 1909, the Grey Cup has, like Canada, emerged from two World Wars, a Depression, and countless challenges and triumphs, to be stronger than ever.
"We are proud that the Grey Cup has for decades been the trophy awarded to the champions of our league," Cohon said. "We are prouder still that it has become something even bigger than our game. It is a symbol of Canadian unity, of our ability to compete and come together at the same time. The Grey Cup is special. It's ours. And it's time to celebrate it -- and Canada."
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About the Canadian Football League
The Canadian Football League is our league. The Grey Cup is our national championship and Canada's largest annual single sporting event. We are proudly preparing for the 100th Grey Cup in 2012. The celebration will span the country and culminate in a tremendous festival and game in Toronto next November. We invite all Canadians to be a part of it.
For additional information:
Carley Smith, Communications Officer
Canadian Football League
Alex de Chantal, Community and Wellness Event/Project Coordinator
City of Kamloops