Transit weirdness and street closures are going to be necessary consequences of Canadian football's big day.
Festivities related to the 100th Grey Cup have been happening downtown for the past week, but with the big game scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sunday at Rogers Centre, the party will only be getting more intense over the weekend. And so, whether you care about the CFL or not, there are some traffic and public-transit disturbances you’re going to want to know about.
First, the good news. GO Transit has announced that it will be increasing train service to accommodate game-day crowds. On Sunday, every GO line will have two extra trains: one for before the game, and one for after. There will also be special deals on day passes, both for individuals and for groups. All the details are here.
Also in the “good” column, the TTC is offering a special-edition Grey Cup day pass, good for up to six people, as long as at least four of them are kids under the age of 20. (The pass is good for two adults, max.) It costs $10.50, which is exactly the same price as a normal day pass. But this one has a picture of the Grey Cup logo on it. So, that’s pretty cool, we guess.
Less awesome is the expected crush at Union Station, where ongoing renovations are bound to leave little room for the unruly game-day crowds to maneuver. The TTC is encouraging transit riders to use St. Andrew Station as a way of getting to and from Rogers Centre. It’s not too much further away.
And then of course there are all the road closures. You can basically forget about driving on Front Street between University Avenue and John Street until Monday. John Street between Wellington and Front streets will also be pretty much perpetually closed for that same period of time. Simcoe Street will be closed starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The nice part, though, is that the closures will be to accommodate a street festival, which you can go to free of charge.