The numbers have yet to be tallied, but organizers are calling the first-ever CFL Week in Canada a resounding success.
Throughout the 5-day event, fans — young and old — got the chance to meet the players, learn about the league, listen to the coaches and watch new players emerge.
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Paulo Senra, director of communications for the CFL, said, if he didn’t know any better, the event almost felt like Grey Cup week — except it’s March and there’s no game at the end of it.
He says the success of CFL Week 2017 surprised nearly everyone — especially those closest to the league.
“The media personalities that are coming up to us and saying, ‘I’m surpised — I didn’t know what was going to happen and this has been wonderful,’ it’s great,” Senra said. “We’re talking about football in March, and that’s the biggest part of all of this.”
Senra added that the event has been so popular in Regina, people were asking where next year’s CFL Week will be staged.
“We’ll regroup; we’ll have a conversation (about next year’s CFL Week),” he said. “This stuff will have to be decided at the board-level.”
Senra said Saskatchewan was a good place to start CFL Week traditions because of the province’s undying love for the game.