The 103 Grey Cup Festival contributed 80 million dollars in benefits to our city last year.
That’s according to the Winnipeg Football Club’s economic impact numbers released Friday.
In a release, Chantal Sturk-Nadeau, senior vice president of Tourism Winnipeg says the week long celebration and sold-out championship game was tremendous for local tourism as hotel rooms and banquet facilities were booked solid. She adds there were even further benefits as fans explored the city’s attractions, shopping, restaurants and bars.
That wasn’t the only major event at IGF last year. The Club says the FIFA Women’s World Cup last June brought in roughly 40-million dollars for the local economy.
Adding to that revenue in 2016, IGF is hosting the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic in October; the first outdoor NHL game ever played in Manitoba.
The match-up between the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers in a regular season NHL game will be preceded by a much-anticipated alumni game.