105th Grey Cup

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105th Grey Cup
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Date November 26, 2017
Stadium TD Place Stadium
Location Ottawa
Halftime show Shania Twain
Broadcasters
Network Canada (English): TSN/TSN HD
Canada (French): RDS/RDS HD
United States: ESPN2

The 105th Grey Cup (known as the 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw for sponsorship reasons)[1] is a Canadian football game that will be played on November 26, 2017, at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario,[2] to decide the champion for the 2017 CFL season.

Host city

It was reported on September 4, 2015, that Ottawa would host the Grey Cup game and that it would be determined at a board of governor's meeting later that Fall.[3] It was stated by the Ottawa Redblacks ownership group, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, that one of the clauses in their expansion agreement was that the club would host a Grey Cup game within their first four years of existence.[4] Since the Redblacks entered the league in 2014, 2017 would be the fourth such year. Ottawa had previously been awarded the 102nd Grey Cup but backed out due to construction delays; that game would be held in Vancouver instead.[5] The game was also expected to be awarded to Ottawa because 2017 coincides with the Canadian sesquicentennial celebration. The Ottawa Rough Riders similarly hosted the 55th Grey Cup in 1967, which coincided with the centennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

During an Ottawa Redblacks game on July 31, 2016, it was announced in a video featuring the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, that the city of Ottawa had been selected to host the 105th Grey Cup.[2] This will be the seventh time that the Grey Cup game will be played in Ottawa, with each of those games being played at Lansdowne Park. The most recent game hosted by Ottawa was when the Ottawa Renegades hosted the 92nd Grey Cup in 2004, when the Toronto Argonauts defeated the BC Lions.

Redblacks president, Jeff Hunt, stated that approximately 10,000 temporary seats would be added to TD Place Stadium, bringing seating capacity to about 35,000.[6] In early May, more than six months before the game, the Redblacks announced that fewer than 6,000 of the original 35,000 tickets were yet to be sold.[7]

Entertainment

On August 10, 2017, the CFL announced that Shania Twain would perform during the Freedom Mobile Halftime Show.[8] This will be Twain's second Grey Cup halftime show; she performed as halftime entertainment during the 90th Grey Cup in 2002.

References

  1. ^ "Shaw, CFL announce Grey Cup sponsorship deal". Global News. Shaw Media. May 8, 2015. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Ottawa to host 105th Grey Cup in 2017". July 31, 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Toronto to host Grey Cup in 2016, Ottawa in 2017". Sportsnet. September 4, 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  4. ^ "CFL commish still won’t confirm Ottawa Grey Cup". Ottawa Citizen. June 25, 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-05. 
  5. ^ Garrioch, Bruce (2012-06-04). "No Grey Cup for Ottawa in 2014". Ottawa Sun. Retrieved 2014-11-30. 
  6. ^ Ottawa to host 2017 Grey Cup, coincides with Canada's 150th anniversary
  7. ^ "105th Grey Cup nearing sellout, Redblacks announce - Article - TSN". TSN. 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2017-05-11. 
  8. ^ "Grammy winner Shania Twain to perform at Freedom Mobile Grey Cup Halftime Show". CFL.ca. August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017. 
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