WINNIPEG — Before the Grey Cup was handed out for the 103rd time, the CFL’s top prize took a special flight.
Fans carried the cup from the RBC Convention Centre to the Forks where it was carefully loaded into the STARS air ambulance.
Once fans made it to Investors Group Field on buses, the STARS helicopter flew to the area and landed just outside of the stadium.
Global News was the only television camera allowed along for the ride.
From there it was taken out and brought into the building ahead of the big game between the Ottawa Redblacks and the Edmonton Eskimos.
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“This is some pretty precious cargo,” said one of STARS crew members who was on the flight. “When we are doing our medical flights, every patient is special, it is tremendously important but this is a different kind of special. You’ve got this symbol of Canadian sports, this icon of Canada in the helicopter and the biggest thing in the back of my mind was don’t screw this up.”