Homecoming Game is always the biggest game of the year at Guelph, regardless of opponent. This year it happens to be the biggest game on the schedule because of the opponent – the McMaster Marauders, winner of 3 of the last 4 Yates Cups.
Saturday’s game will be a re-match of last year’s Yates Cup. It is a match-up of two Top 10 CIS teams – #5 Guelph vs #6 McMaster. The match-up with the Marauders will pit the Gryphons up against the top-rated opponent on their 2015 schedule, since they don’t get the opportunity to play the Western Mustangs.
It should come as no surprise that the OUA is promoting the game as this weeks’ OUA.tv Marquee Matchup. [The Gryphons also played in the Week 2 Marquee Matchup against Laurier. ] The link: OUA.tv Marquee Matchup – Week 4: McMaster Marauders @ Guelph Gryphons”.
In this week’s OUA.tv Marquee Matchup, the one thing you need to know is that the last time these two teams met up, one walked away with hardware and the other left empty-handed. If that doesn’t tell you about the emotions going into this game then nothing will.
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I had a chance to talk to Gryphon Athletics’ marketing guru Dave Easter on Wednesday evening. At that point 7,300 of 8,500 tickets had already been sold. Another sell-out is expected. You can order your $30 general admission tickets here. Think about that for a minute. The UofG is selling Homecoming tickets for $30 and not having any trouble getting it!!
Students were able to buy $15 tickets during a 3-hour window last Friday. They lined up hours in advance to get them. If, let’s say, 3,000 student tickets were sold and 5,000 regular tickets were sold the revenue from this one game would be $195,000. That is more than double, probably closer to triple, the revenue of just five or six years.
Ticket prices for even non-Homecoming Gryphon games have doubled in the past five years. Season ticket prices have gone from $35 to $80, yet I talk to more people than ever who have purchased season tickets. For me, this is confirmation that good things are happening with Gryphon Football.
One new feature this week … the debut of the GryphFan Zone. Please don’t call it a beer garden in the presence of any UofG administrators but … with a 1,000 person capacity it is a licensed area on top of the Hill. In what use to be Parking Lot P7, off East Ring Rd..
Tailgating will now be in P19 on the north side of College Ave. The Parents of Players are hosting a Pig Roast.
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I hope to have my usual game preview tomorrow night but in the meantime a few other links.
Game preview from Gryphons.ca: Homecoming 2015 Features Yates Cup Re-match
Guelph Mercury stories this week: Gryphs in Homecoming uniform dilemna and Guelph Gryphons look to get it together in Homecoming Game
A Hamilton Spectator story on the Marauders earlier this week: The big Mac attack puts on a show