Today the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance announced that the 2014 PRESTIGE Award for Sport Event of the Year -Budget over $250,000, has been won by the 101st Grey Cup Festival, Celebration in Rider Nation 2013. The PRESTIGE Awards (Program Recognizing Exceptional Sport Tourism Initiatives, Games & Events), celebrate the people, places and events that make the Canadian sport tourism industry so dynamic and important to the economic fabric of our communities. The 8th annual PRESTIGE Awards luncheon took place at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta.
Neil Donnelly, executive director of the 101st Grey Cup Festival, said that “After more than two years of planning and five days of the biggest celebration that Saskatchewan has ever hosted, the 101st Grey Cup Festival left a tremendous imprint; the entire province experienced the spirit of Rider Nation, the passion of the CFL, football, sport, special events and entertainment in true, Saskatchewan style.”
Steve Mazurak, Vice President Sales and Partnerships of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club Inc., said that “2013 will go down in Saskatchewan history as very memorable year for Rider Nation and the CFL. In addition to a fourth Grey Cup Championship, “the Team” behind “the Team” – the Saskatchewan Roughrider Board of Directors and Staff as well as the Grey Cup Festival Executive, Planning Committees, Partners and 2,500 Event Volunteers were integral in creating an exceptional experience”.
Regina Regional Opportunities Commission President and CEO, John Lee, noted that “The commitment of everyone involved was fundamental in exceeding every expectation of hosting such a major event. The 101st Grey Cup Festival left a lasting legacy, created a memorable experience for fans and visitors throughout Saskatchewan and all of Canada and providing meaningful financial benefit to the entire provincial community”.