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Tourism Vancouver expecting economic boom from Grey Cup

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – BC Place will be full of football fans from across the country arriving here next week for the 99th Grey Cup. The tourism industry is anticipating an economic boom.

The last time the Grey Cup game was played in Vancouver was in 2005, when 59,000 people watched it live at the stadium.

“Forty per cent of those folks were from out-of-town, so it has a tremendous immediate economic impact for our city” explains Dave Gazely with Tourism Vancouver. “Our hotel community takes care of them when they are here, our restaurants, our taxis, our retail outlets.”

He tells us the spending by those football tourists is significant. “If you look at it on a per-person, per-day [basis], spending averages just under $500. And most people are here for around three days, so you’ve got almost $1,500 per party, per visit.”

Gazely says the economic impact is similar to that of a major convention visiting the city.

The BC Lions will host the Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday the 20th for the CFL Western Championship. The winner will face the Eastern Champion — either Winnipeg or Hamilton — on November 27th at BC Place.