MONCTON, N.B. -- The public sale of tickets for Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic is a sellout after a mere 32 hours, the Canadian Football League (CFL) just announced.
"Apart from a small number of tickets that have been held for minor football associations and bus trips from out-of-town, the game has sold out, and it has sold out in virtually no time at all," said Commissioner Mark Cohon.
"As proud as we are of the Edmonton Eskimos and Toronto Argonauts who will play in Moncton this Fall, it's fair to say the real stars of Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic are already the football fans of Atlantic Canada."
A capacity crowd of more than 20,000 fans is expected when the Argos and Eskimos meet September 26th at 1:00 AT at the new Stade Moncton Stadium on the campus of the Universite de Moncton.
More than 13,000 tickets were sold yesterday during a one-day pre-sale available to fans who registered in advance at www.CFL.ca/TouchdownAtlantic.
Thousands more were snapped up today within hours of them going on sale to the general public.
That leaves a small amount that have been set aside for minor football organizations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, so they can use them for fundraising, as well as a small number to be sold as part of bus excursions from Charlottetown, Halifax, Fredericton and Saint John.
"We really want our game to have a positive impact on kids who play the game for fun across the region, and we also want to ensure fans from across Atlantic Canada can attend, even if they couldn't get to Moncton on their own," Cohon said.
Fans interested in one of those bus packages can contact Sports and Entertainment Atlantic by calling 1-902-444-3773 or visiting www.seatlantic.ca.
Fans will also have chances to win tickets through contests and promotional opportunities that will be announced in the coming weeks, along with details from the local organizing committee for the Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic festival weekend.
Plans are underway to ensure the game caps a weekend of entertainment, food and football, including high school and university games, a street festival, tailgate party and a lot more.
"On behalf of the CFL Board of Governors, our fans across Canada, and the Argos and Eskimos, I want to thank our fans in Moncton and across Atlantic Canada for this tremendous show of support," Cohon said.
"We're quite confident that the first regular season CFL game in Atlantic Canada will be one of the most memorable events of the year for the region and our league. And we can't wait for football season and Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic."