One of Canada's Best Known Trophies on Display on November 21
OTTAWA, Nov. 17, 2017 /CNW/ - On the occasion of the 105th Grey Cup Championship Game, taking place this year in Ottawa, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, along with Mr. Randy Ambrosie, Canadian Football League (CFL) Commissioner, will welcome Canadians to Rideau Hall to see the Grey Cup on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
Public Viewing of the Grey Cup and Visits of the Residence
Football enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see and take their picture with the Grey Cup inside the Tent Room from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. In addition to the Grey Cup, visitors will also have the chance to see the portraits of Earl Grey, 9th governor general of Canada (1904-1911), and Major-General the Right Honourable Georges-Philias Vanier, 19th governor general of Canada (1959–1967), who, in 1965, established the Vanier Cup for the Canadian university football championship.
Rideau Hall guides will show visitors the residence's State rooms where the governor general fulfills official duties in welcoming dignitaries and honouring Canadians.
Parking and Site Access
Visitors are recommended to walk, bike or use public transportation. They can enter the grounds on foot or with their bikes through the Thomas and MacKay gates. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighbourhood.
Visitors with mobility restrictions will have limited access to parking on the grounds of Rideau Hall on a first-come, first-served basis via Princess Entrance Gate. To reserve your parking, call in advance at 613-991-4422.
About the Grey Cup and the CFL
In 1909, then-Governor General Earl Grey donated a trophy to the Rugby Football Championship of Canada. Originally, only teams registered with the Canadian Rugby Union were eligible to compete for the trophy, which subsequently became known as the Grey Cup. Over time, Canadian football became markedly different from its rugby origins. The Grey Cup subsequently became the property of the CFL, which had evolved into a professional football league.
In October 2012, the trophy came home to Rideau Hall and was on display for four days to mark the 100th Grey Cup Championship Game. For more information about the CFL, visit www.cfl.ca.
*** MEDIA INVITATION – PHOTO OPPORTUNITY***
Arrival of the Grey Cup to Rideau Hall
Media representatives are invited to attend the arrival of the Grey Cup to Rideau Hall on:
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
at 3 p.m., inside the Tent Room
Media representatives wishing to cover this event must confirm their attendance in advance with Marie-Ève Létourneau at the Rideau Hall Press Office, and arrive on-site no later than 2:45 p.m. the day of the event. Media identification cards must be worn at all times while on the Rideau Hall grounds.
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SOURCE Governor General of Canada
For further information: Media information: Marie-Ėve Létourneau, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-0287, 613-302-0912 (cell.), [email protected]; Olivier Poulin, Director, Communications and Public Affairs, Canadian Football League, 514-970-7211 (cell.), [email protected]