Grey Cup festivities get some zip - Metro US

Grey Cup festivities get some zip

Organizers are adding a little zip to this year’s Grey Cup.

Planners for the 2010 Grey Cup Festival announced yesterday they are going to put up a zip line in the middle of Sir Winston Churchill Square as part of their festivities.

“It’ll be an exciting ride from eight storeys high, starting from the clock tower and ending about three storeys high around the Three Bananas Café,” said Brian Vaasjo, president of Capital Power, a platinum sponsor for the event.

“I watched it at the Olympics and people just had a tremendous time.”

The Ziptrek Ecotours zip line will span about 530 feet at speeds of about 15 to 16 km/h and will carry about 50 to 60 people an hour with its parallel lines.

It is free to ride during the four-day event. Having gained success with the zip line during the Vancouver Olympics, David Udow, president of Ziptrek Ecotours, exclaimed, “It’s all going to be in the context of a really fun and festive environment.”

To parallel the Grey Cup’s theme of Hot to Huddle, the downtown component will be called Huddle Town.

“We’re a city who needs to be visionary and do the kind of things our citizens want,” said Mayor Mandel.

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