Ticats fans have sent their team off to Regina in style.
Hundreds of fans came out to cheer on the Ticats at their downtown head office Tuesday afternoon as the team embarks on its first trip to the Grey Cup in 14 years.
Hamilton’s players, coaches and support staff fly from Pearson Airport to Regina Thursday night and will begin preparing for the 101st Grey Cup against the Roughriders Wednesday.
The Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan have played each other in three Grey Cup championships.
The most recent meeting came in 1989, when then Riders quarterback and current Ticats head coach Kent Austin led Saskatchewan to the title.
Hamilton won the previous two matchups, in 1967 and 1972.
In the spirit of Grey Cup tradition, Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina and Regina Mayor Michael Fougere have made a friendly wager.
As in previous years, the mayor of the losing team will wear the football jersey of the Grey Cup champions at his next city council meeting and fly the team flag outside of city hall.
In an added twist this year, the losing mayor will also donate their combined weight in food to the winning team’s local food bank.
Bratina says he’s packing some extra Ticat garb to leave with Fougere following Hamilton’s win this Sunday.