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Riders announce first Grey Cup Festival details

The Roughriders have announced new details on what fans can expect at the 2020 Grey Cup Festival in Regina, which will include free entertainment and a competitive gaming tournament.

The festival will begin on Nov. 17 and run through the week until the Grey Cup game on Nov. 22 at Mosaic Stadium.

On Friday, the Riders announced that more than 400,000 square feet of Evraz Place will be used for the NexGen Energy Street Festival. The outdoor space west of Mosaic Stadium, including Confederation Park and the lot southwest of it, will be used for the festival.  Free activities including food and music will be at the festival, which will run “from morning until night”.

The festival also seems to be chasing a younger demographic, with “instagrammable installations” promised, as well as an esports tournament for the video game League of Legends. The prize pool for the tournament is $50,000.

“League of Legends, is the largest and most popular Esports game in the world. The tournament will help engage a new generation of fans with the Festival that may not have attended before,” said Grey Cup Festival Executive Director Mike Edwards in a press release.

Aside from the street festival grounds, a map of Evraz Place showed other locations such as a family fair, team party central, Grey Cup concert, esports/digital zone, Riderville and special events.

Also announced was the Richardson Pioneer Community Celebration, which will award six communities in the province with $25,000 to help with asset or infrastructure needs pertaining to health, wellness and active living. Small to medium-sized communities can apply, and the public will vote for the winners. Along with the cash prize, communities will also receive support to host a party to further help with the town’s fundraising efforts.

Single-seat tickets for the Grey Cup game go on sale June 16, while Grey Cup Festival tickets go on sale in June. Fans can get immediate access to buy Grey Cup tickets by purchasing 2020 Roughrider season tickets.

Check out a map of the festival grounds below.

Source: montrealgazette.com




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