The 105th Grey Cup presented by Shaw is all about the fans. On Saturday, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG), the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Grey Cup Festival team unveiled the official ticket design and announced the contest winner following a competition with hundreds of submissions from coast-to-coast-coast.
Carolyn Doukas’ classic design, which combines the iconic maple leaf, Canada 150 and passionate fans, was selected as the winning submission after being chosen as one of the top-20 designs that went before the panel of judges from OSEG, the CFL and the Grey Cup Festival team.
“The Grey Cup belongs to all-Canadians. It seems only fitting to have a Canadian, and passionate fan, see their artwork featured on the ticket of the most coveted sporting event annually in our country,” said John Mathers, VP, Ticketing and Marketing at OSEG. “This ticket design celebrates Canada, our game and our fans. We look forward to this November when RNation welcomes OUR Nation to Canada’s biggest annual party.”
The ticket design competition opened April 10 and, thanks to its popularity, extended the submission deadline by more than one month closing on June 27. Hundreds of designs were received with Doukas’ Canadian and fan-inspired work rising to the top.
“I am excited, honoured and proud to win this contest and have my design featured on the game tickets for the 105th Grey Cup,” said Carolyn Doukas who hails from the small town of Erin, Ontario. “I came up with the design by looking at old tickets, thinking about what Canada means to me and my love for the CFL.”
Doukas is a 23-year-old graduate from the Georgian College Graphic Design program. She attended her first CFL game at the age of 12 with her father watching the Toronto Argonauts in action – the team she continues to support today. The prize for winning the contest will see Doukas sent to the Grey Cup in the nation’s capital – which will be the third Grey Cup that she’s attended.
“My first Grey Cup was two years ago in Winnipeg. I was also in Toronto last year to see the REDBLACKS win it all and I’m beyond excited to be at TD Place this November for my third straight Grey Cup.”
Fewer than 1,000 tickets remain for the 105th Grey Cup in a variety of sections and price points.
The excitement will begin on November 21 when the Grey Cup arrives in the nation’s capital to kick-off the Grey Cup Festival presented by Shaw. The week-long festival will feature more than 30 free and ticketed events – headlined by the Grey Cup Festival Concert Series presented by TD and the ever-popular RNation Party – offering something for everyone.