The 107th Grey Cup will cap off the CFL season in the province of Alberta, focusing the attention of the country on Calgary for the first time in nearly a decade. The teams have yet to be decided, with four clubs still in contention. Western teams dominate the remaining participants, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Hamilton-Tiger-Cats making up the four division finalists.
Even though we’re all excited to watch the Grey Cup in Edmonton, we can’t wait to welcome the country to Calgary in November, and a party like this in our city can’t be missed.
Below is everything you need to know about the Grey Cup in 2019, including the date, location and halftime show info.
- Date : Sunday, Nov. 24
- Kickoff time : 6:00 p.m. ET
- TV channel : TSN, RDS
Grey Cup 2019, also known as the 107th Grey Cup, is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019. The official kickoff time will be shortly after 6:00 p.m. Eastern.
Every Grey Cup since 1973 has taken place during the second half of November. Prior to that, several games were played in December (although most were contested in November).
Here are the top 7 reasons I’d recommend you come and join the party in 2019:
Calgary Invented the Grey Cup Party
Fondly referred to as the Grand National Drunk, the Grey Cup has become an incredible festival and gathering of the who’s who, while remaining in reach of the average fan. That is in no small part to a few trainloads of Calgarians that swarmed Toronto to cheer the Stampeders on to victory in 1948. They rode horses through hotels, served up pancakes to anyone that would eat them and generally stayed pickled through their stay. Anyone who questions Calgary’s ability to party needs only stop by during the Stampede to get a true marker of what this city can do. You won’t be disappointed in the 2019 parties.
The Camaraderie Among Foes
Of course, only two teams will make it to the game. That doesn’t stop fans of all teams from making the trek, and raising a glass in celebration or commiseration when discussing the fate of their football heroes. There are fans from American teams that don’t even exist anymore like the Las Vegas Posse, Memphis Maddogs, Birmingham Barracudas, and the Baltimore Stallions. Even the diehards for the Atlantic Schooners, awarded a franchise in 1984 but still waiting for a stadium to play in and therefore will celebrate 35 undefeated seasons, show up. All are welcomed and are brought together by their love of the game, which means that grudges are left at the door. We love hosting CFL fans from across the country, and you know that no matter what jersey you wear in Downtown Calgary, we’re ready to cheers to each other’s team!
Plenty to Do When Not Partying
Calgary is filled with unique experiences that aren’t football related. Whether it is strolling around the Calgary Zoo, stopping in for an education at TELUS Spark, having dinner at Sky360 – the rotating restaurant at the top of the Calgary Tower, or stopping in at one of Calgary’s many wonderful museums, there is a lot to offer the fan who’s elbow needs a break from the constant tipping of beverages.
The Halftime Show
Four-time Grammy award-winner and country music superstar Keith Urban will take centre stage at the Freedom Mobile Grey Cup Halftime Show in Calgary. The reigning Entertainer of the Year is ready to headline the biggest sports event of the year and get CFL fans from across the country dancing.
The CFL and the organizing committees never fail to put on a whale of a Grey Cup Half Time Show. I’ve been to more than a handful of Grey Cups in my day, and during that time, I’ve seen The Guess Who, Theory of a Deadman, Blue Rodeo, Justin Beiber, Imagine Dragons, One Republic, and Shania Twain perform. Other past performers have included the Tragically Hip, Lenny Kravitz, and the Black Eyed Peas.
We love to party during the Grey Cup, and the open air McMahon Stadium means there are a tons of opportunities for the halftime show to rock the city.
Calgary’s Grey Cup Committee famously serves up flapjacks at the Grey Cup in the tradition of the Stampede Breakfasts that cover Calgary in a syrupy blanket of sweetness every July. Thousands of pancakes are served for free to all and have been for the last 70 years. Having the game in Calgary will likely mean there will be several opportunities to help that morning hangover with a helping of pan
Between the C-Train and our bus network, Calgary is very accessible to get around without a vehicle, and when a quicker ride is required, both taxis and ride share services like Uber and are also available. The LRT drops you off a short walking distance from historic McMahon Stadium, which offers an incredible view of the game from every seat. Walking to the game from the train will send you through the pre-game tailgate party, which is also something to behold. Run by fans, there is no end to the delicacies you can find around the stadium prior to game time, and the atmosphere is second to none in the CFL.
The 2019 Grey Cup takes places on November 24 at McMahon Stadium. Tickets for the 2019 Grey Cup will become available in mid-year for fans to purchase, but it’s never too early to plan your trip for an epic time with football fans from across the country. Follow this guide for the latest Grey Cup updates.