6,000 tick­ets left for 2017 Grey Cup in Ot­tawa

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - OT­TAWA —

The Ot­tawa Red­blacks say tick­ets for the 2017 Grey Cup are mov­ing at a brisk pace, which is wel­come news for the CFL af­ter or­ga­niz­ers of the 2016 league cham­pi­onship in Toronto strug­gled to fill the stands.

The Red­blacks said fewer than 6,000 tick­ets re­main for the 105th Grey Cup, which will be held Nov. 26 at TD Place and will co­in­cide with Canada’s 150th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions.

The Red­blacks’ home sta­dium will be ex­panded from 24,000 seats to ap­prox­i­mately 35,000 to ac­com­mo­date the game.

Tick­ets are cur­rently only avail­able to sea­son-ticket hold­ers and fans that pur­chase a five-game “Home Opener Ticket Pack.” The re­main­ing Grey Cup tick­ets will be re­leased June 8.

The CFL is hop­ing to avoid a re­peat of last year, when the Toronto Arg­onauts had trou­ble fill­ing BMO Field.

The Arg­onauts slashed ticket prices in an ef­fort to fill the 35,000seat fa­cil­ity, while TSN, the CFL’s tele­vi­sion part­ner, of­fered its em­ploy­ees up to five free tick­ets for the mar­quee game be­tween the Red­blacks and Cal­gary Stam­ped­ers.

The CFL was also forced to stop a Pizza Pizza pro­mo­tion of­fer­ing Grey Cup tick­ets as part of a $29.99 pack­age that also in­cluded a large pizza, 10 chicken wings, four cans of pop and two dip­ping sauces.

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