With more than two years of planning, just before noon today, the Grey Cup trophy arrived at HMCS Discovery aboard a Canadian Forces Cormorant Helicopter, in Vancouver, British Columbia, host city of the 99th Annual Grey Cup Championship and Grey Cup Festival.
The Grey Cup was escorted by Football BC athletes and was welcomed to Vancouver by Vancouver’s Mayor, Gregor Robertson, Scott Ackles, General Manager, 2011 Grey Cup Festival, and Canadian Football League Commissioner, Mark Cohon.
“Grey Cup week promises to be one of the beiggest sporting events, and celebrations to ever hit Vancouver,” said Moray Keith, Chair of the 2011 Grey Cup Festival Committee.
The 2001 Grey Cup “Raise the Roof” Festival is a four-day festival taking place in downtown Vancouver November 24 – 27, 2011. There are free family events and ticketed concerts welcoming everyone to celebrate in Canada’s largest sporting event in 2011.
“Hosting the Grey Cup is a tremendous economic opportunity and a time for families and friends to celebrate a truly Canadian championship,” said Premier Christy Clark in an earlier statement. “The events wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who donate their spirit and time to the success of the Grey Cup Festival and make sure that everyone has a time to remember.”
Mayor Gregor Robertson was all smiles today as he welcomed the Grey Cup to Vancouver. “This year’s Grey Cup Festival is shaping up to be the best one yet, and we’re very excited to welcome it back to Vancouver in our 125th Anniversary year.”
The 99th annual Grey Cup Championship will kick off on Sunday, November 27, 2011 at BC Place in downtown Vancouver. Hosted by the BC Lions Football Club, the 2011 Grey Cup Festival is a four-day festiveal that will take place throughout downtown Vancouver from November 24 through 27, 2011. With events ranging from free family oriented entertainment to ticketed concerts, the events of the 2011 Grey Cup Festival aim to welcome Canadians to Vancouver in celebration of Canada’s largest sporting event.