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VIDEO: Grey Cup Preview Tour Comes to Langley

VIDEO: Grey Cup Preview Tour Comes to Langley

When the Gray Cup Festival comes to Vancouver from November 10 to 17, Rex and Lisa Bohachewski plan to make a week of it.

The Bohachewskis, longtime BCLions fans and season ticket holders, purchased tickets to the Cup in hopes their team will make it to the CFL finals.

They plan to be in Vancouver a few days before the game for the Gray Cup Week festivities.

“We’re going to celebrate all the festivities of the week,” Rex told the Langley Advance Times.

“Then we’re going to have a lot of fun and enjoy the game.”

On Saturday, June 29, the couple traveled from their home in Abbotsford to Langley to attend the Grey Cup Festival Tour of BC, organized by LiUNA Local 1611 (Labourers’ International Union of North America). The special bus continued its journey across the province to give fans a preview of the week leading up to the football final.

When asked if they were excited about the Gray Cup being played in British Columbia, the couple beamed.

“100 percent,” Rex said.

“Absolutely,” said Lisa.

BC Lions promotional team member Katrina Wittenberg greeted visitors to the tour bus, which began Saturday in the Sentinel Storage parking lot before moving to the Langley Events Center in time for the Vancouver Bandits game.

“I think this year it’s an event for all ages,” Wittenberg said.

“Just a really fun, family-friendly week-long event in November.”

Throughout Grey Cup week, Vancouver will host events including ziplines in the Coal Harbour area, immersive football experiences, live performances, cultural events and more.

Tens of thousands of fans from all over the country are expected.

From May 31, the custom-built van will tour the province in Nelson to share the history of the Gray Cup and give a taste of the week leading up to the event.

Fans will have the opportunity to record a message in an interactive video booth, which will be curated and shown at the festival and the Grey Cup in November.

There are also BC Lions-themed tailgate activities and a chance to win a $1,000 2024 Grey Cup Festival prize package.

Langley is one of 50 communities on the tour, the largest event of its kind in Gray Cup history.

It concludes on August 31 in Victoria, when the city hosts Touchdown Pacific, a game between the BC Lions and the Ottawa Redblacks.

Vancouver will host the Cup for the 17th time and BC Place Stadium will host the historic event for the 10th time, the first time since 2014.

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