Tourism Saskatchewan lands $350K budget for Memorial Cup

Tourism Saskatchewan has been given the go-ahead to spend $350,000 to support the 2018 Memorial Cup.

Regina Pats will host event in their 101st season

The Regina Pats will host the 2018 Memorial Cup, in their 101st season. (Dean Gutheil/CBC)

Saskatchewan has approved its tourism board to spend $350,000 of its existing budget on the upcoming Memorial Cup.

Tourism Saskatchewan will be provided with half of the money upon signing the agreement and the other half will be handed out in April.

The purpose of the funding is to support the hosting of the Memorial Cup, which will begin mid-May at the Brandt Centre in Regina.

The Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League will be hosts and will be competing in their 101st season. Last season, the Pats were the winningest team in the WHL's regular season and the Canadian Hockey League overall.

They were ousted from last year's Memorial Cup race by the Seattle Thunderbirds in the final round of WHL playoffs.