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The Canadian Football League’s biggest off-season showcase is coming to Winnipeg in 2018.
On Saturday, the league announced that CFL Week, the much-hyped, multi-event promotional extravaganza, will be hosted by the Blue Bombers March 22-25. The inaugural event was held in Regina last spring to generally rave reviews.
CFL Week brings together the league’s business meetings, the unveiling of the 2018 Canadian Football Hall of Fame class and gala, the CFL Combine and a fan festival.
"This is a property that we at the CFL really want to take across the country and give opportunities to all our fans to get up front and personal with our league in the off-season," said Christina Litz, the CFL’s senior vice-president of marketing and content.
A coed flag-football tournament and autograph signings involving more than 50 of the league’s biggest stars will be included in the fan fest, with some new twists to be added, Litz said.
The RBC Convention Centre will serve as main venue for the event, which will include the CFL Combine, involving testing for the top prospects.
More than 15,000 fans participated in this year’s CFL Week in Regina and ticketed events were completely full.
"For the most part, everything’s free to fans," Litz said.
"The fan fest is free and we want as many people coming in and having a good time.
"The gala event for the Hall of Fame is a ticketed event. And then, depending on the crowds for the combine, there may be tickets, but again they’ll be free tickets. It’s just going to be a matter of crowd control."
Combine testing will be conducted in a theatre setting with seating for about 1,000 fans.
Blue Bombers president and CEO Wade Miller attended the event in Regina and knew immediately he wanted to bring it to Manitoba.
"It was a great job the CFL had done in creating this event," Miller said.
"It was just well done. The city of Regina and the fans stepped up. It was just a great experience, so that was something we said we wanted to bring to Winnipeg. And we were lucky we were able to work with the CFL and land that event for us... Tourism Winnipeg was a big help in that as well.
"This is going to be a good event for the city."
For more information about how to get access to tickets, fans can visit markscflweek.ca. A more detailed schedule will be released closer to the event.
Mike has been working on the Free Press sports desk since 2003.