Grey Cup sells out in record time

EDMONTON — The whistle hasn’t blown to start a pre-season game yet in the Canadian Football League, but tickets for the Grey Cup are already sold out.

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The Edmonton Eskimos announced Monday that all the tickets available for the championship game at Commonwealth Stadium Nov. 28 have been snapped up just a week after they went on sale to the general public. With all the tickets gone 5 1/2 months before the big game, the Eskimos have set a record for the quickest sellout in the 98-year history of the Grey Cup.

The team did not reveal capacity for the 2010 Grey Cup, but it was expected to be about 62,000.

“The response by Edmonton Eskimo season ticket holders and CFL fans across Canada and the United States has been fantastic,” Rick LeLacheur, the co-chair of the organizing committee, said in a news release. “We would like to thank our season ticket holders and CFL fans who bought tickets to the game on Nov. 28. We are very pleased that we will have a packed stadium on Nov. 28.”

The Eskimos have hosted the Grey Cup on three other occasions and have topped the 60,000-mark in attendance each time. Their largest attendance to date was 62,531 in 2002.
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