The Grey Cup returns in 2021, but attending the contest won’t come cheaply. Tickets to the game, which will be held Dec. 12 at Tim Hortons Field, went on sale Tuesday to the general public.
The Grey Cup returns in 2021, but attending the contest won’t come cheaply.
Tickets to the game, which will be held Dec. 12 at Tim Hortons Field, went on sale Tuesday to the general public. There’s reportedly less than 5,000 seats available for the contest and, although CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie couldn’t provide a specific number, he fully expects the game will be a sellout.
This will mark the first Grey Cup game played in Hamilton since 1996 and seating capacity at Tim Hortons Field will be capped at 24,000 due to provincial COVID-19 guidelines. Originally, the plan was to expand capacity to 33,000 with the addition of temporary seating.
“I think Hamilton itself is ready to host the party,” Ambrosie said Tuesday. “We’re expecting there’s going to be a lot of Grey Cup (celebrating) going on.
“It might be a little different than it’s been in the past but we’re expecting it to be a great party. We’re pouring everything we possibly can at Grey Cup day itself and everything around the game . . . to make sure Grey Cup 108 is memorable.”
Then again, seating capacity at Commonwealth Stadium was over 55,000. Calgary’s McMahon Stadium has roughly 35,650 permanent seats.
The CFL didn’t hold a Grey Cup game in 2020 as it opted against staging a season due to the global pandemic. And while the league resumed play in 2021, it adopted an abbreviated 14-game season — four less than normal — along with COVID-19 testing for players, coaches and football personnel.
The limitations created by the pandemic have also resulted in the league taking more responsibility for this year’s game. Earlier this month, the CFL awarded Hamilton the 2023 Grey Cup, with the hope the city can then stage a more normal championship game.