This weekend marked the CFL’s 99th Grey Cup Championship, held in Vancouver for the 14th time, this edition ended in storybook fashion with a home team win for the BC Lions, 34-23 over Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
One of the first major tests for the new and improved BC Place stadium, although due to very unpredictable Vancouver weather, the retractable roof stayed closed for the game, it was a great showcase for the stadium.
Throughout the weekend the city
was abuzz with fans from all the CFL teams. Each team held their own party for boosters in various locations around the city. Many of the team ‘houses’ were held at Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre. VCC was also home to Molson Canadian House a non-partisan party for everyone to get together for concerts, comradery and to have a good time no matter which team they supported. Sponsor activations and other events were throughout the city as
well. The Telus StreetFest near BC Place was another location for all fans to get out and enjoy the festivities, with concerts, sponsor tents, food and fun. In spite of downpours on Saturday the Safeway Grey Cup Parade drew large crowds as it made its way through downtown Vancouver.
Friday night’s Vanier Cup game between Laval and McMaster Univerties drew a sizeable crowd who watched McMaster win their first everCanadian University Championship.
All the festivites lead up to the big game, as the 99th Grey Cup was contested and brought the BC Lions it’s 6th Championship and the city reason to cheer.