Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Next Month's Grey Cup in Ottawa Sold out, Capacity at TD Place to Be Increased

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Next Month's Grey Cup in Ottawa Sold out, Capacity at TD Place to Be Increased

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Grey Cup sold out with a month to go

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OTTAWA - The Grey Cup is still a month away but organizers say the game is sold out.

Capacity at Ottawa's TD Place for the Nov. 26 CFL championship will be increased from 24,000 to 36,000, with the addition of temporary stands in both end zones, to meet demand for tickets.

Jeff Hunt, president of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group consortium that owns the CFL's Redblacks, said Thursday he wasn't surprised to see football fans in the nation's capital snap up tickets.

"You've got to figure that 80 per cent of the tickets would be sold here in Ottawa, so it just shows you the interest level here," Hunt said. "Just to have it sold out is one less thing to worry about and we can really start focusing on the other events around the festival that haven't yet sold out, but we're optimistic they will."

A sellout for the 2017 championship game is good news for the CFL after the Toronto Argonauts had trouble filling BMO Field for last year's Grey Cup. …

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