Stamps loss could be city’s gain
While Stampeders fans would rather see the home team at kickoff onSunday’s Grey Cup game, the city is set to rake in up to $50 million byhosting two away teams during the event.
While Stampeders fans would rather see the home team at kickoff on Sunday’s Grey Cup game, the city is set to rake in up to $50 million by hosting two away teams during the event.
President and CEO of Calgary Economic Development Bruce Graham said while he would have loved to see the Stamps take the game at home, the consolation prize is welcoming approximately 25,000 Canadians to the city.
“Riders’ fans will be coming out in droves and in full spirit will spend money, stay in our hotels, and eat at our restaurants. That’s the upside to having two visiting teams,” Graham said.
Tourism Calgary VP Marco De laco estimates the city will rake in $50 million during the three-and-a-half to four-day event.
“This event is more than just a football game. There are people that will come from all over the country for the festival, some who might not even watch the football game,’ he said.
“This is about pride and tradition in our country and Calgary will prove to be a great host.”
Marion Hayes owns Pazzer’s Pub, notorious for being a Saskatchewan Roughriders fan hangout, and she believes the green is good for the city.
“It’s exciting and I think it will be good for the city as a whole. Those Rider fans really know how to party,” she said.