Canadian Football League Commissioner Mark Cohon announced today the 2013 Grey Cup game and festival is coming to Saskatchewan.
“Our Board of Governors, our teams and our fans are thrilled that the 101st Grey Cup is coming to Riderville,” stated CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon.
“Saskatchewan’s passion for Canadian football is legendary. Its hospitality is second to none. And its pride in all things Canadian is tremendous. The 2013 Grey Cup will bring all of those ingredients – as well as thousands of Canadians – together in a very special way.”
The 101st Grey Cup game will be played on Sunday, November 24th, 2013 at Mosaic Stadium. This will mark the third time Saskatchewan has hosted this event, with 1995 and 2003 looked at as two of the most successful Grey Cups ever.
“Saskatchewan is very proud to host this national treasure,” said Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. “Grey Cup week is a tradition that attracts fans from across the country for an amazing week, culminating in a world class sporting event. I guarantee our friends across Canada that the spirit of Saskatchewan will be on full display once again.”
“Hosting the Grey Cup is a wonderful opportunity to welcome the country to Regina and showcase our amazing city,” stated Mayor of Regina Pat Fiacco. “Football fans from coast to coast to coast will come together to celebrate what being Canadian is all about - the Grey and a great party.”
“It’s a tremendous privilege and honour to host the Grey Cup and bring Canada’s largest annual sporting tradition back to Saskatchewan,” stated Riders Chairman of the Board Roger Brandvold. “I am extremely confident in our supporters and the province of Saskatchewan to embrace this opportunity yet again and welcome fans and friends from across the country to make Grey Cup 2013 a truly special event.”
Brandvold and Riders President/CEO Jim Hopson will serve as co-chairs of the event. It was also announced that Neil Donnelly has been named the Executive Director for Grey Cup 2013. Donnelly has been an instrumental figure in attracting and organizing some of the major events in Regina over the last few years and will be called upon for his experience in planning and organizing the different functions that make up Grey Cup week.
More details on the 2013 Grey Cup -- including news on the full composition of the organizing committee, the event’s logo, activities and ticket sales – will be unveiled in the months ahead.