WINNIPEG — Preparations are underway as the city gets set to welcome in thousands of visitors.
Economic Development Winnipeg projects 28,000 visitors to come to Winnipeg for the big game, with an economic contribution of $85.5 million dollars for the week.
Loren Remillard of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce says the city has hosted big events and with a successful turnout on Sunday, it can position itself for other events in the future.
“This is just adds another feather in our cap, so when we do go out to the next events – say for example the NHL Draft –
we’ve got a strong track record that we can point to,” said Remillard.
Each team in the CFL has a designated party area. The Shark Club is the official party headquarters in this week’s Grey Cup Festival for Blue Bombers fans while ‘Riderville’ for the rival Roughriders will play out at the Convention Centre.
“It’s going to be nuts. We’re projecting to be busier than our opening week. We’re so excited to be part of the CFL,” said Rachel Sacco, general manager of the Shark Club.
Many events are free and family-friendly, including the Street Festival that begins at the University of Winnipeg on Thursday.
The trophy itself will be unveiled at the Manitoba Legislative Building at 3 P.M. on Wednesday.