Relax, Ottawa fans re-selling Grey Cup tickets is fine

Following the Ottawa Redblacks’ playoff loss to Saskatchewan, there have been numerous stories focusing on the fact that some in the nation’s capital have chosen to try to re-sell their Grey Cup tickets.

The tone of (and reaction to) many of these stories has at times, come across as extremely condescending. Everyone needs to take a step back and relax.

First off, let’s be clear that the Grey Cup is sold out, it has been for over a month. So no matter what happens, there will be butts in seats. Whether those butts happen to be the people who originally bought the tickets or not shouldn’t matter.

It might have been naive, but many in Ottawa bought tickets hoping to see the Redblacks repeat on home turf. With their team no longer participating in that game, it’s understandable that it’s suddenly not as appealing.

While many across the country love the CFL as a whole, watching every game and cheering for multiple teams, others only follow their local team. And you know what, that doesn’t make them less of a fan or fake fans or amateurs or small minded or anything else. And comments of that nature do nothing to encourage those casual fans to further immerse themselves in the CFL.

The Grey Cup is a week long festival that culminates in a game between two of the country’s best football teams. For many, that’s enough of a spectacle and draw that they’ll keep their tickets. For others, maybe the money they put out in hopes of seeing their team play could suddenly be better spent elsewhere.

Who really cares? If someone sells their ticket, good on them! The person buying gets a ticket to see their team, and the seller can pay a bill, take a trip or use that money however they want.

And contrary to some truly awful Twitter takes, people re-selling tickets does not reflect poorly on Ottawa. It happens in every Grey Cup city every single year.

Ultimately, someone doesn’t even need tickets to enjoy the upcoming Grey Cup. With dozens of events, from concerts to meet and greets to parties to tailgates, there’s literally something for everyone.

So to those keeping their tickets, enjoy! It’s going to be a hell of a game. And to those selling, good luck!

Santino Filoso

Santino Filoso

Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)
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Born and raised in the 613, Santino has written about the Redblacks since 2013. He is the only CFL writer currently living in Brazil (as far as we know.)

17 Comments on Relax, Ottawa fans re-selling Grey Cup tickets is fine

  1. You’re right! I don’t know why people are getting on tix holders for wanting to sell their tix if their team isn’t in the game. Happens in absolutely every city!

    • Of course it does. Many of the fans in this city don’t know that though because they became fans when the RedBlacks made it nice and easy to *be* a fan. So they’ll preach to you about all the history and tradition…Of a league they’ve been a fan of since 2014.

  2. Sorry red black fans bad enough you got another undeserved home playoff game in a ancient outdated playoff format. Does the cfl really think a 18 year old kid cares about east west tradition

  3. “It might have been naive, but many in Ottawa bought tickets hoping to see the Redblacks repeat on home turf.”

    I’d buy a ticket coming off a winless season. I just wouldn’t take the change that they might be in the game and I could be left scrambling to get a ticket.

    But yeah, being at the game means nothing to me if it’s two other teams because by and large, I don’t care who wins.

  4. Good article, this happens literally every grey cup. I wish this site’s Rider articles were as thoughtfully written.

  5. To stamps’s comment the cfl is following the same playoff format as NFL, nhl, MLB and NBA. It’s more about rivalry matchups & less travel in the first round than east v west. Better game environment that way.

  6. I’ve never sold mine. Can’t counting on playing in your own Greycup. Go to the game and enjoy. Unless the riders are in it and you can exploit some riderfan and get crazy money

  7. Jake E. Snake // November 15, 2017 at 9:49 pm //

    It happens everywhere so no big deal. Calgary is usually the worst for this because the team chokes and never makes it to the big game in their barn… and it is truly worse than a barn. Looking forward to this Grey Cup and the Party atmosphere for the week in Ottawa!

  8. Jake E. Snake // November 15, 2017 at 10:20 pm //

    Nah Stamps bashing is what it’s all about.. ABC… See you in Ottawa Horsie.

  9. Hey Santana…even the schedule makers and bias officials couldn’t pull your collective asses out of the fire. Hope you make that home dressing room nice and comfy for your “guest” on Nov. 26.

  10. Jim Harvie // November 17, 2017 at 9:59 am //

    No other way for us TiCat fans to see football. And 9 times 2 is 18

  11. Sanra Cole // November 17, 2017 at 2:57 pm //

    Well written and on point. I am selling extra tickets which I purchased, but still plan to go to game / wouldn’t miss it. Selling at cost should not be an issue, and even those who have marked up prices 100% may still find buyers. Its all about supply and demand (which is high) and I suspect will surge after Sunday’s finals determine who will represent on Nov. 26th.

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