Exactly as I figured if this is true. But, of course, these same companies will tell us "buy Canadian". Weasels I'll say. To do with Toronto? Probably.
"In a month, the Grey Cup game will be played in Toronto. Plenty of tickets remain available, largely because Canadian corporations have not been interested in buying them.
And so, now, hundreds of Grey Cup tickets that were initially set aside for suits and VIPs suddenly are available for substantially reduced prices to ordinary, everyday CFL fans.
Selling them to Joe Fan at cheaper rates is Plan B. When Sportality, a renowned sports-hospitality firm with a head office in Toronto, first purchased 400 tickets for Grey Cup Sunday at Windows Restaurant in the Rogers Centre, the idea was to attract Canadian corporations who would pay about $10,000 for 10-person tables and treat their guests to not only the game, but also to an all-you-can-eat-and-drink party that would begin hours before kickoff, feature pretty young ladies courtesy of Urban Male Magazine, and include CFL legends who’d be available for mingling. The event would end well after the game with presentations, prizes and appearances from Grey Cup participants who’d make their ways up to the restaurant.
There has, however, been a rather strange development. Canadian corporations have turned up their noses at the Grey Cup package.
“What we’ve discovered to our amazement,? says Sportality vice-president Patrick Gallo, “is that there’s a certain amount of corporate indifference about the Grey Cup. Frankly, we’re stunned. We’ve never seen anything quite like this.?
Over the years, Sportality has been inundated by Corporate Canada with interest in its hospitality events at the Super Bowl, global Formula One races and PGA tournaments such as the Masters, the U.S. Open and the Presidents Cup.
“But we’re finding indifference now for the Grey Cup from corporations outside the sponsorship realm of the CFL,? says Gallo, a former defensive halfback with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs. “For whatever reasons, the companies are not identifying the Grey Cup as a venue for entertaining their clients.
“So we’ve come up with a new idea. While Sportality is usually all about corporate hospitality and VIPs, we’re opening up our Grey Cup packages to true-blue, CFL fans...?
Tickets for the game and all the accompanying frivolity have been reduced substantially. For details, check out www.sportality.com, but trust me, this is a nice deal.
Heck, I might take advantage myself. The way I look at it, Corporate Canada’s loss would be my gain. And I don’t believe I’ve ever had a chance to say that before."
Marty York - www.metronews.ca/story.aspx?id=85818