The 109th Grey Cup festivities in Regina kicked off on Wednesday, with people from all across Canada making their way to the Queen City for the big game and taking in all the activities.
Thousands of CFL fans who couldn’t stay in Regina will call Moose Jaw home over the next few days, which in turn will benefit the city economically.
“The one thing that comes to mind is they’re all going to be from out of town, so that will be all new money that’s being invested and spent in Moose Jaw and the area,” says Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce CEO, Rob Clark.
“I know the hotels are filled up with the party-goers. The rest of the spin-off is going to be restaurants, recreation, and retail shopping,” adds Clark.
To try and keep people in Moose Jaw as long as possible before heading to Regina, the Chamber has teamed up with several local organizations to promote the city.
“What we’ve done is we’ve made door knockers and we’re going to be putting them on hotel rooms in town and all they have to do is scan the QR code and it will tell them where to eat, shop, etc. We have that on the go to help the visitors understand Moose Jaw.”
Clark hopes that the people staying here during the Grey Cup will learn to love the City of Moose Jaw and make them want to come back.
“We want to take it a step further and maybe we can save them and make Moose Jaw their permanent home. Moose Jaw is really welcoming to anybody that comes here and if they haven’t been here before they’re going to be coming back for sure just because of our environment, atmosphere, and our attitude.”
Canada’s Most Notorious City does have a lot to offer those that will be staying for the duration of the Grey Cup with several restaurants, retail stores, recreational activities, and enough to keep people busy.
For those that are staying in Moose Jaw this weekend, the city does have a few events going on. On Friday night the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors host the Swift Current Broncos at the Moose Jaw Events Centre at 7:00 p.m. Then on Saturday, country artists Sawyer Brown, Lonestar, Doc Walker and George Canyon will take to the stage at the events centre..
The festivities got going in Regina on Wednesday as the Grey Cup made the trip down from Saskatoon. Check out the full list of Grey Cup events HERE.
The 109th Grey Cup between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts will kick off at Mosaic Stadium on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.