By Cole Hobson
Times & Transcript Staff
The countdown to Moncton football fever is on.
Today is the last day to register for the pre-sale of tickets for the historic Canadian Football League matchup in Moncton between the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts on Sept. 26.
Individuals and families can be the first to buy tickets by registering at CFL.ca/TouchdownAtlantic for a special 24-hour online pre-sale that will take place tomorrow at 10 a.m. Registration for the pre-sale closes tonight at midnight.
Following the pre-sale, tickets will be going on sale to the general public starting on Thursday at 10 a.m.
“I think people that are looking for tickets should be jumping early,” said Ian Fowler, Moncton’s general manager of Recreation, Parks, Tourism, and Culture. “I wouldn’t want to set any false expectations that it’s going to sell out in the first day, but I think sales are going to be brisk and if people are thinking of going and looking for some of the best seats they should get out early.”
Despite what he says is a large buzz around the game in this region, Fowler reassures people there will be seats of all varieties available for people, whether or not they register for the pre-sale.
“Come Thursday tickets go on sale for the general public, there’s going to be good seats available at all price points, even though the pre-sale is taking place,” he said.
Tickets to the game are available for $29, $49, $59, $69 and $79. The most expensive tickets are those located at midfield, while those in the endzones are the cheapest.
Jamie Dykstra, communications director for the CFL, said interest in the game appears high and he expects pre-sale tickets to sell out quickly.
“Even though the game is six months away there certainly is a lot of hype about this one,” he said. “It’s been great and we’ve also seen a lot of good feedback and interest from fans in Toronto and even as far away as Edmonton that are contemplating looking to make it out for the game.”
Anyone who registers at the website in advance will be sent an e-mail with a code and a link which will allow them to take part in the pre-sale. The pre-sale is only available for online purchase and there is a limit of 8 tickets per registrant, Dykstra said.
While there will be tickets reserved for the general public, Dykstra said the majority of tickets are available for the pre-sale and participating in that is the best way to ensure you will able to attend.
“It’s always hard to tell, but we think these tickets will sell pretty quickly,” he said.
It was also announced yesterday that Scotiabank will be the title sponsor for what will be the first-ever regular season CFL game in Atlantic Canada. The weekend-long festival, named Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic, is expected to include a variety of pregame events, including high school and university level football games in advance of the Sunday afternoon main event.
“Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic features two of our flagship franchises and is a celebration of our league and the many football fans across Atlantic Canada,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “And now this event features one of the league’s great partners with a strong history in the region dating back to 1832.”
“We are thrilled to be a part of Atlantic Canada’s football fever for the fall game,” added Peter Bessey, Scotiabank Senior Vice-President, Atlantic Region.
“Scotiabank has a longstanding association with the CFL and many of its teams across Canada. This partnership is a natural extension of these outstanding relationships as well as the bank’s deep roots in communities across Atlantic Canada.”
The game is taking place at the currently under construction Stade Moncton 2010 Stadium, a 10,000-seat venue which is being modified to hold over 20,000 spectators for the football game.
Kickoff is still months away, but excitement is quickly reaching new highs.
“Tickets for Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic are expected go fast so we encourage our fans to take advantage of the pre-sale opportunity on March 24,” Cohon said.
* When tickets go on sale on Thursday to the general public, they will be available at the Moncton Coliseum box office, by calling 506-857-4100 or 888-720-5600 or by visiting CFL.ca/TouchdownAtlantic.