Winnipeg is adding some leverage to its bid to attract the Grey Cup in either 2015 or 2016.
Mayor Sam Katz will table a motion on Wednesday to provide $1 million towards securing the CFL championship on the Prairies. The executive policy committee motion comes on the heels of the 101st Grey Cup — held Sunday in Regina.
“Hosting the Grey Cup is a great opportunity to showcase our city, as well as provide a boost to the local economy,” Katz said. “Winnipeggers are ready to show, once again, why our city is known for its warm hospitality, passionate volunteerism, and tremendous spirit.”
The $1 million would see $680,000 go to the Winnipeg Football Club as part of a hosting grant, and $320,000 as an in-kind contribution of city services.
The city, province and Winnipeg Blue Bombers collectively announced their bid for the Grey Cup on October 31.