Grey Cup 2012: What You Need To Know: Start Time, Online Streaming, More.

» When is 2012 Grey Cup?

Grey Cup 2012 (the 100th Grey Cup!) is taking place at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Sunday November 25th.

» What is the Grey Cup Start Time?

Start time is 6pm Eastern. Those with Grey Cup tickets can enter the Rogers Centre starting at 4pm. TSN’s pregame show starts at 1pm Eastern.

» On What Channel Can I Watch the Grey Cup?

The game will be broadcast on TSN starting at 6pm Eastern. TSN’s Grey Cup pregame show begins at 1pm Eastern.

» I Don’t Have TSN. Can I Watch the Grey Cup Online?

Sort of. TSN’s Field Access online streaming feed is supposed to be showing the game from the camera angle of the “Cablecam” – the ‘floating’ camera. If it’s similar to the Eastern and Western Finals broadcast on TSN’s Field Access, it will be delayed about 30 seconds and have no play-by-play. However, it’s a great angle to watch the game, in my opinion. Definitely better than nothing! It’s a high quality live stream as well. I didn’t experience any buffering issues during the Eastern and Western finals, but Grey Cup day may be different.

So, the “regular” TSN broadcast appears will NOT be available from TSN’s web site. That said, you do have some alternatives…

» How Can I Watch Live Streaming of the Grey Cup?

A consistent bet is any of the “AtdheNet.TV” feeds. Give a quick search in Google for AtdheNet to find other mirror sites. Beware of a barrage of ads before the stream begins. Make sure you don’t accept any downloads or anything like that – they’re not required, and will just install some nastiness to your computer! If you find a reliable Grey Cup stream, feel free to post it in the comments below.

We at wouldn’t normally promote watching a shady feed online, but having TSN not being an “over the air” channel, and not having an online stream of their own (ok, of the “real” broadcast – but we love Field Access, by the way!), we feel that it’s justified. TSN has done a great job of helping the CFL get back in shape through their fine coverage, so I can’t bitch too much – but for the biggest game of the year, I feel there should be more “free” options. Putting the Grey Cup broadcast on same-company-owned CTV would be an idea.

» Any Other Options Besides My Local Sports Bar?

Yes! participating Cineplex theatres are showing the Grey Cup. You can watch it there on the big screen for only $5! That actually doesn’t sound too bad. I’m guessing no beer at your seat, though — and likely some expensive Grey Cup grub as well.

» I’m in Toronto, Where Are the Parties?

Oooooooooooooh, lots of goodness going on in Toronto this week: Check out the Grey Cup Events page for more on that. Usually, you can’t go wrong by heading to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Saturday night and roam from room to room to take in the various parties. I noticed this year most of them are $20 however.

» What Else Do I Need to Know?

The Grey Cup is East meets West. In the 2012 version, that’s the Toronto Argonauts versus the Calgary Stampeders. You can follow both teams on Twitter: Argos / Stamps.

The Argos have appeared in 21 Grey Cups, winning 15 of them (most Grey Cup wins in CFL history!). The Stampeders have appeared in 12 Grey Cups, winning 6 of them.

» Got Anything To Pump Me Up For the Big Game?

How about listening to the Argos Fight Song?

Enjoy this fantastic Canadian tradition!

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