'07 Grey Cup may sell out

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

There is some reason for optimism that the 2007 Grey Cup will be a sold out show.

Whether that "sellout" crowd is in the 45,000 or 55,000 range depends on how ticket sales, which officially began for the general public yesterday, progress.

The Argos' 24-hour sale of Cup tickets, which ends this afternoon, is a promotional kickoff for the Nov. 25, 2007 game at Rogers Centre.

But officials acknowledge there are several configurations to the dome and that it is possible tarps will remain on thousands of seats if they go unsold.

Meanwhile, the Grey Cup organizing committee yesterday announced CTV president and former TSN head Rick Brace as the chairman for the Cup and its surrounding festival.

Toronto mayor David Miller was on hand at a press conference to drum up some early support and claimed the Grey Cup will "generate close to $50 million in economic impact" for the city.

GETTING HIS KICKS

Wounded Argos kicker Noel Prefontaine still hopes to be either punting, placekicking or both tonight against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Though the team signed Oakville native Dana Segin to a roster spot as an emergency replacement, Prefontaine said yesterday that he still intends to play.

"What I don't want to do is go out there when I am tentative," said Prefontaine who is nursing a bum knee and ankle in his right (non-kicking leg).

"I want to contribute but I wouldn't do anything to hurt our chances."

Argos coach Mike (Pinball) Clemons said that Prefontaine is a difficult player to keep out of the lineup.

"There is a good chance "Pre" is going to play," Clemons said. "And there's a good chance I am going to have trouble keeping him on the sideline."

MILLION-DOLLAR MAN

Prefontaine had some extra duties yesterday, coaching a contest winner with million-dollar dreams. Bill Szijarto hopes to follow the lead of last year's contestant, Brian Diesbourgh and split the uprights on a 50-yard field goal as part of the Kick For A Million contest. Szijarto's name was drawn from 1.5 million entrants and he'll get his shot at fame and fortune tonight during halftime of the Argos game.


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