2019 Grey Cup Festival Nov 23, BMO Centre Calgary
Before the final on Nov 24th fans from all the teams converged on the BMO Centre in Calgary for a huge outdoor festival and party. It was a great idea by the 2019 Grey Cup Festival committee to make things a lot more convenient for Canada’s football faithful by hosting all the team parties in this one location here at the BMO Centre. Today’s (Nov 23 2019) festival is part of a week long celebration of the 107th Grey Cup final that featured rodeo, a fair as well as the 72 year old tradition of a Horse being trotted into the Hilton Garden hotel in downtown Calgary.
As a Brit living in Calgary the 2019 Grey Cup Festival is a unique experience and something I’d never experience back in the UK. For starters the most unique thing is theft that fans from many rival teams can not only have fun together but can actually remain in a closed arena and not break out into a mass brawl. The experience of a Canadian sporting event is a joy to behold, high energy, family fun and a friendly rivalry that reminds you of days gone by.
The 2019 Grey Cup Festival was a mix of music, games and vendors as well as providing the fan favourite pancake breakfast which provided a great start to the day. The music stage was a huge hit with the fans and the Calgary School of Rock ripped up the stage putting on a brilliant set.
All in all the 2019 Grey Festival proved to be a great way to celebrate the culmination of another fabulous season of football and the final promises to be just as entertaining as this huge party was.
107th Grey Cup Final – the result
The 107th Grey Cup decided the champion of the season in the Canadian Football League (CFL). The final was played on November 24, 2019 between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Hamilton Tiger Cats at McMahon Stadium here in Calgary. Winnipeg defeated Hamilton, 33–12. This was the Blue Bombers’ first Grey Cup victory since 1990 (and first as a West Division team since 1984, after two victories as an Eastern team), ending one of the longest championship droughts in CFL history. Congrats to the Blue Bombers from everyone in Calgary