While the Stampeders are in town to do battle with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, another — more welcomed — CFL guest will also be in the Queen City.
The Grey Cup is slated to appear at the Sport Clips store in Harbour Landing Saturday afternoon before the game.
The CFL’s ultimate prize is making its way to the store because Sport Clips is a sponsor of the CFL this season, and the Regina location was named the Canadian store of the year.
“We really thought we had to do something other than just bring the trophy in and put it on display in our store,” said co-owner Brent Parker.
That lead them to contacting the Regina Food Bank and setting up a partnership for the weekend event.
“In the summer months, our donations dip to a dangerously low level so whenever we have a chance to have a cross-promotion,” said Regina Food Bank director of operations Todd Sandin.
“These type of events help us replenish our shelves.”
Sandin said they see a drop of about 60 per cent in donations during the summer months. Every month, the food bank helps about 9,000 people — around 250 families.
“School’s out, you want to go to the lake and we try our best to remind people to throw one in the (donation) bin as they are getting their groceries for camping,” Sandin said.
The Grey Cup will be at Sport Clips from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. However, Parker said they could extend the time is there is enough demand for it.
“Hopefully it’s not the last visit the Grey Cup’s going to make to the city this year,” Parker said.
People are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation to the event.
What you need to know before kickoff
After spending the afternoon getting photos with the Grey Cup, fans will eventually make their way down to Mosaic Stadium to see if the Riders can hand the Stamps their first loss of the season.
Beginning at 4 p.m., roadways around the stadium will be closed to traffic.
No vehicle traffic will be allowed on the 1500, 1600 and 1700 blocks of Elphinstone Street — access will be limited to Regina Transit buses and local residents.
Road closures will also be found on:
- 1500 block of Elphinstone Street at Dewdney Avenue
- Princess Street and Ninth Avenue
- Argyle Street and Ninth Avenue
- MacTavish Street and Ninth Avenue
- Elphinstone Street and Ninth Avenue
- Montague Street and 10th Avenue
- Elphinstone Street and North Railway Street
- Saskatchewan Drive and Elphinstone Street
There will be free public transit available for people to get to and from the games.
Drop-off and pick-up locations include Northgate Mall, Southland Mall, Victoria Square Mall, Downtown and the Warehouse District. A list and maps can be found online.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m.