Former Ottawa Rough Rider quarterback Russ Jackson poses with the Grey Cup during a ceremony in 2016. WAYNE CUDDINGTON / POSTMEDIA

While there will be plenty of familiar faces around Ottawa for next month’s Grey Cup, your best place to meet former CFL stars will be Nov. 24 at the CFL Alumni Association’s Legends Luncheon.

The event, at noon at the Shaw Centre’s Canada Hall, will have a star-studded group of legends on hand – with tickets going for $100 each or $850 for a table of 10. You can order the tickets at (the promo code is CFLAA). More than 650 tickets have already been sold.

It’s a fan-friendly event with everyone encouraged to wear their team colours. There will be a CFL legend at each table, wearing a game-worn jersey. There will be plenty of autograph opportunities and you can get a photo taken with a legend and the Grey Cup.

Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductees Kelvin Anderson, Anthony Calvillo, Mike O’Shea and Geroy Simon are scheduled to participate on a hot stove panel with other legends. Plus, CFL Alumni Men of the Year Russ Jackson and Jeff Avery will be honoured.

Some of the players expected to be at the luncheon: Whit Tucker, Ken Evraire, Pat Stoqua, Donn Smith, Gerry Organ, Val St. Germain, Mike Sutherland, JT Hay, Peter Dalla Riva and Craig Ellis.

Money raised from the event will go to the CFL Alumni Association’s Support and Emergency Fund.

“It’s grown every year over the last four years, with the exception of Toronto last year – it’s become one of the premier events in Grey Cup Festival Week,” said Avery, president of the CFL Ottawa Alumni Association. “There are more alumni than you’d get at any other event during the week. It’s quite an event.”

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