The cold has arrived right on time.

And while right now most people in Edmonton might prefer a cup of Earl Grey tea to Lord Earl Grey’s cup, that hasn’t stopped construction crews from beginning assembly on Huddle Town.

Most of Churchill Square is fenced off while a massive tent is built for this month’s festivities.

Huddle Town, the temporary name of Edmonton’s downtown square and Edmonton’s Hot to Huddle headquarters, will be a family-oriented venue for people of all ages.

“Fans of any stripe are welcome,” said Dave Jamieson, the Eskimos’ director of communications and marketing.

Other displays to be added include music stages, an on-site Boston Pizza, a football field and an exhibit by the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

On Monday, crews also began work on perhaps the most impressive piece of the downtown exhibit: a 520-foot-long, 80-foot-high zipline that sends riders the length of a football field across the Square.

The Capital Power Zipline is free to the general public, but donations to the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre are encouraged.

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