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Tiger-Cats unveil plans for 2020 Grey Cup Unite program

CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrose speaking prior to the 2019 Grey Cup. (The Canadian Press)

The nine CFL teams unveiled their local events Thursday for the league’s Grey Cup Unite program.

The CFL will be staging Grey Cup Unite starting Monday with many of the events that are usually held during its annual championship week being presented virtually. In August, the league cancelled its 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Grey Cup game was originally scheduled to be held Nov. 22 in Regina but the iconic trophy won’t be presented this year for the first time since 1919.

Hamilton is scheduled to stage the 2021 Grey Cup, with Regina to hold the 2022 contest.

With Thursday’s announcements, CFL teams will collectively stage nearly 40 events over four days next week, including virtual tailgate parties and traditional Grey Cup functions as The Spirit of Edmonton and Touchdown Manitoba.

“The spirit of Grey Cup is alive and well despite the challenges of 2020,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. “I want to salute our clubs for leaning in and our partners for getting behind this exciting idea.

“Most of all, I want to thank our fans. Their response to Grey Cup Unite has been overwhelmingly positive. That’s why it’s growing every day.”

Ambrosie is scheduled to kick things off Monday with a virtual town hall. He’s expected to provide fans with an update on the league’s future plans.

This story was originally published by The Canadian Press on Nov. 12, 2020

Schedule

2021 Grey Cup & Grey Cup Festival Brand Unveil
Saturday, November 21 at 8 p.m.

On Saturday evening of Grey Cup Unite week, exactly 365 days out from the triumphant return of the 2021 Grey Cup in Hamilton, the Tiger-Cats and the Canadian Football League will be unveiling the 2021 Grey Cup and Grey Cup Festival brands, with a special guest appearance by Caretaker Bob Young.

Tiger-Cats Film Room: 1986 Grey Cup
Fri., Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. (Exclusive to season seat holders on greycupunite.ca)
Sat., Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. (Available to all fans on Ticats YouTube channel)

In the spirit of all things Grey Cup, the Tiger-Cats are reuniting a cast of characters from the 1986 Grey Cup-winning team for a reunion watch party. The Ticats TV cameras will take viewers behind-the-scenes with stories and memories fans have never heard before. Tiger-Cats season seat holders will receive access to watch an exclusive premier of this Film Room episode on Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m. Fans can register at register.greycupunite.ca to secure a spot. All Ticats fans will be able to enjoy the following morning on the Tiger-Cats YouTube channel, on Saturday, November 21 at 10 a.m.

Ticats x Youth Football Meet Up
Tues., Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. (Exclusive to Youth Football players across TigerTown)
Thur., Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. (Re-watch on Ticats YouTube channel)

Youth Football players from across Hamilton have a chance to get up-close-and-personal with Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence and centre, Mike Filer, in this special virtual Meet Up, hosted by Ticats digital host Louie B. The stars of tomorrow will have their chance to submit questions and hear from Lawrence and Filer in this intimate virtual meet & greet. Registration takes place on Ticats.ca via Hamilton youth football clubs and Ticats fans can re-watch the Meet Up on the club’s YouTube channel on Thursday, November 19.

Ticats Dance & Cheer Performance – CFL Cheer Extravaganza
Register to watch on-demand at greycupunite.ca starting Wed., Nov. 18

In honour of the annual Cheer Extravaganza event during Grey Cup week, the 2020 Ticats Dance & Cheer Team joined dance & cheer teams from across the CFL in producing a Grey Cup Unite performance for all CFL Fans to enjoy on-demand at greycupunite.ca.

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