Time to get ready for the Grey Cup in Toronto
It's time to get ready for the 2012 Grey Cup in Toronto. I goes without saying that with the Argos in the game this year there's even more excitement about this year's CFL finale. The trophy itself has already arrived and soon hords of fans from Calgary will descend on the city to cheer on the Stampeders this Sunday. Game time is 6pm.
And for those who don't plan to fill up the Rogers Centre or are looking for something else to do leading up to the game, there are free events such as the Nissan Family Zone at Yonge Dundas Square. If you're in the mood to celebrate this historic moment in Canadian football history, read on for a list of ways to do so. And for those looking for a place to down some beers and watch the action on the big screen, you could do worse than scanning our rundown of the best sports bars in Toronto.
MBNA Adrenaline Zone
The MBNA Adrenaline Zone runs until Saturday. The pièce de résistance is the Zip Line (photos and video here), which is apparently the tallest urban zip line on the continent, and measures 725 feet. Getting your adrenal glands going via this awesome ride will cost you $20 a pop, but it could be just the rush you've been looking for. The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces have a challenging obstacle course in place for you, and once you've worked up an appetite, the High Octane Food Zone is where you'll want to chow down. Free live music will also be a big part of this event.
Nathan Philips Square (100 Queen Street West), until November 24,10AM-6PM
Telus Street Festival
The Telus Street Festival kicks off on Friday at noon then carries on throughout the weekend. The zone for this giant tailgate party is a large one, taking place along Front St., from Simcoe to John and north to Wellington. You can think of this as essentially an "outdoor football party" that will include beer tents, a rib fest, and a combination of paid and ticketed events. A slice of Canuck rock 'n' roll history can be experienced, too, with performances by Our Lady Peace, the Mahones, Spirit of the West, Platinum Blonde, and others.
Front St. from Simcoe to John, and north to Wellington, November 23-November 25, beginning at 4PM on Friday, Free
Scotiabank Fan Zone
The Metro Toronto Convention Centre will become fan central as the Scotiabank Fan Zone takes over for five days of team parties, CFL cheerleaders, family-friendly activities, and an autograph area. It'll also be the headquarters of the ticketed Molson Canadian House Concert Series, which will feature acts such as Sam Roberts and Matthew Good on Friday, Big Sugar and Kim Mitchell on Saturday, and Kathleen Edwards on Sunday.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building (255 Front St. W.), November 22-November 25, 11AM-1AM
Grey Cup Party
There will be plenty of big screen TV glare in the various watering holes around the city on the night of the game itself, and the appropriately named GameDay is one such place where an official Grey Cup party will be going down. There'll be some extra games for fun and prizes, plus there are rumours of a possible cheerleader appearance. Chances are that your fave sports bar will be doing something on the night of the game, so the options really do abound.
GameDay on College (614 College Street), November 25, 5:30PM
Let us not forget that the game itself is the centre of the action, and if it is indeed feasible, there is nothing quite like being there, and part of the wave! The CFL's annual championship game is actually over one hundred years old, but there were a few years where no game was played (for reasons you can't really argue with, like WWI), so this 2012 game which finds the Toronto Argonauts playing the Calgary Stampeders is its 100th!
Rogers Centre (1 Blue Jays Way), November 25, 6PM, $158 and up
Photo by BruceK in the blogTO Flickr pool