Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Grey Cup Celebration

This is not exactly new news, since the Grey Cup football match was Sunday, November 28th, 2010.  Due to technical difficulties on this end, I haven't been able to post but the problem is now rectified. 

 This is the dome and entrance to the activities held at Churchill Square in Edmonton prior to and during the Grey Cup Playoff.  I was walking by on Jasper Avenue and luckily had my camera with me.  These photos were taken the first day of the celebrations, November 24th.
The store where football related items were sold.  Everything from jerseys, to caps, to scarves.

Calgary hosted the Grey Cup playoffs last year.  "Alberta is proud to be home to this national treasure two years in a row,” said Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach.

“The Grey Cup is a tradition that attracts fans from across Canada for a week of fun and excitement, topped by a world class sporting event. And I can guarantee our friends across Canada that the spirit of Alberta will be on full display, along with the legendary warmth of the people of Calgary and Edmonton.”

Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel said the “City of Champions” is ready to host one of the great sporting events in its storied history.

“We’re thrilled to welcome back the Grey Cup, and all that it delivers for a host city: hours of attention on national television, thousands of visitors, and tens of millions of dollars in economic activity,” he added.

“And then there’s that magical component that you can’t measure with a clock or a calculator, because the Grey Cup is such a special part of being Canadian, and hosting it connects Edmontonians to our fellow Canadians in a very unique way.”

The co-chairs of Edmonton Grey Cup 2010 – Eskimos President and CEO Rick LeLacheur and Eskimos Chairman Doug Goss – said this Grey Cup will be special for another reason.

“Edmonton’s football side was renamed the Eskimos in 1910, so 2010 will mark 100 years of Eskimo football here in northern Alberta,” Goss said.

“Hosting the Grey Cup is the ultimate way to cap off what should be a year of celebrating the deep bond between our game, our team and our city.”

LeLacheur added: “The people of Edmonton, and Eskimo fans in particular, have always held a special place in their hearts for the Grey Cup, so we’re very excited about 2010, and welcoming Canada to Edmonton for what we know will be a tremendous event.”  (from the official Grey Cup 2010 site)
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1 comment:

  1. This post brings back memories.
    It's been a long time since I've thought about the CFL or the NFL but I remember how great the Edmonton Eskimos were from the late 1970's to the mid 80's. I was a Winnipeg Blue Bombers fan back then but I was happy to get Warren Moon's autograph. :)