Grey Cup fans love to party and Calgary knows how to throw a great one.
The only thing that could have made the four-day festival better is if the Calgary Stampeders were guests, according to Mayor Dave Bronconnier.
“I think Calgary is well-known for being great hosts in everything we do, and I have heard from many people that had a wonderful time,” Bronconnier said, adding CFL commissioner Mark Cohon was “impressed” with the success of the 97th Grey Cup.
Bronconnier was especially proud of the 100,000-strong attendance for the Grey Cup parade on the weekend and the 750 volunteers who contributed to the success of the fourth Calgary Grey Cup.
“We really couldn’t have done this without all of the volunteers,” he said.
Marie Bergeron and her husband travelled from Montreal for the game and despite being outnumbered by Saskatchewan Roughrider fans, they had a great time in the city.
“It was awesome and we think the city was very good to everyone. There was so much to do, we had a lot to pick and choose from and we were never bored,” she said.
“This is our first time here and a perfect way to spend the last few days of the year’s vacation days,” her husband added.
Don Phelps, assistant manager of McMahon Stadium, was impressed with how well the massive crowds at the venue were behaving.
“There are only 10,000 more people than a normal game and I think because of the nice weather, everyone is really out enjoying themselves,” he said.
While crowds were behaving before the kickoffgrrey, Phelps expected there might be a few incidents by the end of the game.
“But everyone is having a good time and it’s really great to see people having fun.”