Calgary is ready for 2019 Grey Cup game and festivities
The City of Calgary is excited to welcome Canadian Football League (CFL) fans from across Canada for the 107 Grey Cup on Nov. 24 and the week-long festivities leading up to the big game. More than 40 events and celebrations are expected to attract an estimated 500,000 participants from out of town as well as Calgarians, engage over 1,000 volunteers and bring an anticipated $80M in economic benefit to the city.
“This week, 30,000 visitors are going to roll into town for the 2019 Grey Cup. This is going to be the biggest party in Canada,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. “Thank you so much to the organizers and volunteers for your incredible efforts in making this happen. We’re all excited to showcase everything Calgary has to offer.”
The Grey Cup trophy will be welcomed to Calgary with a parade on Tuesday, Nov. 19. It will start at 3 Street SW and travel along Stephen Avenue Walk and arrive at Olympic Plaza at noon for a special ceremony with CFL dignitaries, Mayor Nenshi and fans.
Once the Grey Cup has arrived, the 2019 Grey Cup Festival, presented by Shaw, will offer five days of free family fun as well as adult concerts and events – there will be something for everyone, even those without a Grey Cup game ticket. Visit GreyCupFestival.ca for all event details and ticket purchases.
With so many fans expected at Stampede Park for the Festival, The City wants to accommodate safe travel by extending the CTrain free fare zone from downtown to Victoria Park Stampede Station, from 6 p.m. on November 20 to end of service November 23. The Red Line hours of operation will be extended to 2:30 a.m. as well.
Citizens and Grey Cup ticket holders are reminded on game day there will be no parking at McMahon Stadium and we ask that you obey parking restrictions in the neighbourhoods surrounding the Stadium. To support safe travel, Calgary Transit is accepting your Grey Cup game ticket as your free ticket to ride. Calgary Transit will accept valid game day tickets as proof of fare on all buses and CTrains to get to and from the game on Nov 24, from 11 a.m. to end of service. Everyone can ride to the game with fellow football fans and safely enjoy all the festivities!
2019 Grey Cup info:
- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be playing in the Grey Cup game
- Game day broadcast is expected to reach over 9 million viewers
- This will be the fifth Grey Cup game hosted in Calgary, the last time was in 2009
- Calgary Transit offers trip planner and updated schedules can be found at Calgarytransit.com/2019-grey-cup-festival
- There will be road closures around McMahon Stadium on game day, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.:
- University Drive NW closed between 16 Ave NW and 24 Ave NW
- Crowchild Trail NW restricted lanes and 50 km/h speed restriction between 16 Ave NW and 24 Ave NW
- No access to northbound Crowchild Trail NW from 16 Ave NW
- Banff Trail NW closed at Banff Trail CTrain Station
- 23 Ave NW closed at 24 Street NW
- Residential parking restrictions will be in effect in neighbourhoods around McMahon Stadium
- To confirm road closures on Nov. 24, please see calgary.ca for up-to-date information