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Many Winnipeggers apathetic about 102nd Grey Cup

Although many Canadians are looking forward to Sunday's 102nd Grey Cup, many locals are more focussed on next year's championship game in Winnipeg.

Bombers' poor track record in last few season contributing to lack of interest in CFL, says bartender

Although many Canadians are looking forward to Sunday's 102nd Grey Cup, many locals are more focussed on next year's championship game in Winnipeg. 2:07

Although Canadians across the country are looking forward to Sunday's 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, many in Winnipeg aren't so thrilled.

Shawn Davidiuk said he won't be watching the cup this year. He cared more about the game last year when it was in Regina. 

"I think it was proximity: closer to Manitoba, people are more invested," said Davidiuk.
Hamilton quarterback Zach Collaros, right, and Calgary pivot Bo Levi Mitchell will direct their respective teams in the 102nd Grey Cup Sunday night at BC Place in Vancouver. (Canadian Press/Getty Images)

Kyle Gmiterek is planning on having a football-filled weekend — one that doesn't involve watching the Grey Cup.

"The Bombers have been out of it for so long that I kind of lost interest as the season wore off," said Gmiterek, who plans to tune into regular season NFL games this weekend instead.

Earl's on Main isn't expecting a large crowd on Sunday because the Bombers aren't playing. In the past for other sporting events, the restaurant has had special events. Not so this year.

"I think if Winnipeg was in the Grey Cup, there'd be more of a crowd because people want that hometown spirit," said Lindsey Childe, who works as a bartender at Earl's on Main.

"Unfortunately the Blue Bombers haven't been doing that great the last few seasons, and I think that maybe people are losing interest in the CFL in Winnipeg because of that."

Still, there are some locals who are excited for Sunday's Bomber-less game.

"I care. It's the Grey Cup," said Dave Carter. "It's a national sport and everyone should watch it."

Excited to host in 2015

Although many in Winnipeg seem stricken with Grey Cup apathy this year, many more are looking forward to hosting the cup next year.

The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (WCC) says Winnipeg has a lot to show off since hosting the Grey Cup in 2006, including a new stadium and airport. 
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      Dave Angus, president of the WCC, said the Grey Cup brought in $93 million to Regina last year. He's hoping that number is even higher for Winnipeg in 2015.

      "Its from restaurants, from hospitality, to retail, to other types of venues and it gets sprinkled throughout our economy and has a big impact when it comes to job creation," said Angus.

      Mayor Brian Bowman is headed to Vancouver to catch this weekend's Grey Cup, and also to convince people out West to make the trek to Winnipeg for the cup next year.

      "We're trying to arrange for other meetings while I'm out there to help promote Winnipeg and our Grey Cup," said Bowman.