Want tickets to something bigger than NFL football? Well, with a field 110 yards (100.6 meters) long and 65 yards (59.4 m) wide, not to mention 12 rather than 11 players on a side, Canadian football qualifies. Actually, the similarities outweigh the differences, so even if you’ve been raised on American football and the NFL, you will feel right at home at a Canadian football game.
Canadians, you already know how your exciting brand of football is growing in popularity. Second only to hockey among pro sports played in Canada, sales of tickets to Canadian Football League games have, for example, more than doubled for the BC Lions. Paid attendance at Commonwealth Stadium, home of the Edmonton Eskimos, averaged about 40,000 tickets sold per game. The national championship game, the Grey Cup, is a sure to be a sell-out, even when held as it is in 2006 off in Winnipeg in the prairie province of Manitoba.
American football fans may not even realize how familiar they are with Canadian football stars—yet the likes of Warren Moon and Doug Flutie have had outstanding careers in the CFL. Not so familiar is the scheduling: the 20-game CFL season starts in June, when American football fans are still discussing draft picks. Of course, by the date of the Grey Cup in mid-November, hardy ticket-holders in the Great White North have likely endured snow and ice to cheer on their teams in stadiums like those in Calgary, Edmonton, and Montreal. But for a great game of football, it’s worth it, eh?
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