100th Grey Cup Festival partners with CIS for 48th Vanier Cup

TORONTO – The 48th Vanier Cup will be held during the historic 100th Grey Cup Festival in a joint partnership between Canadian Interuniversity Sport, MRX and the 100th Grey Cup Festival. The best teams in Canadian university football will go head-to-head on Friday, November 23, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.  TSN and RDS have once again partnered up with CIS to broadcast all of the excitement of the final championship game.

Fans who purchased tickets in the Double Blue sections to the now sold out Grey Cup Championship will be rewarded with their same seats to the Vanier Cup game.  Fans can take advantage of this opportunity when contacted in the coming weeks. Other 100th Grey Cup ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase Vanier Cup seats at a rate of $35*, a 30% discount, beginning early August! The remaining tickets will be sold to the general public at a cost of $50* per ticket, and will be available for purchase in the fall.

After the recent announcement of the Grey Cup sellout, the Vanier Cup will provide an exciting opportunity for fans to witness future CFL prospects battle it out in front of an electric crowd at Rogers Centre for the right to hoist the 48th Vanier Cup. In 2007, the Vanier Cup was a part of the Grey Cup Festival in Toronto and 26,787 fans cheered on their favourites, marking the largest Vanier Cup crowd since 1995. With the nail-biting finish of last year’s CIS final between the McMaster Marauders and Laval Rouge et Or – won in overtime by McMaster in front of 25,000 fans, it is expected that this year’s Vanier Cup challenges the all-time attendance record of 32,847, set back in 1989 in Toronto!

“We are excited to include the time-honoured tradition of the Vanier Cup in the 100th Grey Cup Festival,” said Lou Ragagnin, President and COO of the 100th Grey Cup Festival. “The celebration of Canadian football is part of what the Festival is all about and the inclusion of the Vanier Cup enhances this celebration as fans can watch the best in Canadian amateur football on the Friday and the best in the CFL on Sunday.”

“We are thrilled to once again partner with the Grey Cup Festival and MRX, and to be integrated into this outstanding celebration of Canadian history and the sport of football,” said Leo MacPherson, president of CIS.  “25,000 football fans witnessed one of the greatest Vanier Cup finals in history last year in Vancouver, and we have no doubt this year’s event in Toronto will be a resounding success.”

“With the national spotlight shining on the 100th Grey Cup this November in Toronto, this partnership provides us with the opportunity to showcase the great game of Canadian football like never before,” said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.

“This is great news for fans across Canada, for the CIS, and for the CFL, who looks to Canadian interuniversity football for our future stars. This will make the 100th Grey Cup festival even more exciting, and the future of our game even stronger.”

For more information about the 48th Vanier Cup go to www.vaniercup.ca or www.100thgreycupfestival.ca

* Plus applicable taxes and service charges.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 54 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca or follow us on:

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About the 100th Grey Cup Festival

The 100th Grey Cup Festival is an “Invitation to Our Nation”, uniting Canadians from coast-to-coast in Toronto for a ten-day, eleven-night festival encompassing over 50 events ranging from traditional team parties, galas and player awards to a football film festival and family fun zone at great venues including the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and Yonge Dundas Square.  Complete with street parties, entertainment and activities, the 100th Grey Cup will be a sport and cultural celebration that befits this iconic Canadian game.  To learn more about the 100th Grey Cup Festival, please visit the official website at www.100thgreycupfestival.ca.

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