Calgary, Edmonton to bid for 2018 Grey Cup: report

The Calgary Stampeders and the Edmonton Eskimos are bidding for the right to host the 2018 Grey Cup game.

The competition is the first under the CFL’s revamped selection process. After years of awarding the Grey Cup – and its estimated $100 million of economic activity – based on backroom handshake deals or regional preferences, the CFL Board of Governors has put a formal process in place to judge each application on its merits.

Calgary last hosted the league’s championship showcase in 2009 while the game was played in Edmonton the following year. The 2017 Grey Cup game is set to be hosted in Ottawa, an event that coincide with country’s 150th anniversary celebrations.

It would also appear that Hamilton’s drought in hosting the CFL game – something they haven’t done since 1996 – will continue another year. 

When the City of Hamilton opened its publicly-funded $155 million stadium in 2015, the hope was that the city would be in position to host multiple Grey Cups in a short period of time, giving both the city and the team a significant economic boost. 

Last November, Hamilton Tiger-Cats CEO Scott Mitchell said that legal issues surrounding Tim Hortons Field was the major impediment to the team bidding for the game.

“There’s still a significant legal claim against the builder dealing with the delays in delivering the stadium. That’s going to have to be taken care before we’re able to put together a bid with the city,” Mitchell said at the time. “The reality is, with everything that’s going on, 2018 is going to be a tough timeline. Typically, you want to be well into your plans two years in advance.”

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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21 Comments on Calgary, Edmonton to bid for 2018 Grey Cup: report

  1. stampland // March 24, 2017 at 11:45 am //

    Calgary Grey Cup please!

    • In our dump of a stadium? Calgary doesn’t deserve a Grey Cup.

      • stampland // March 24, 2017 at 4:45 pm //

        Mcmahon has done it before why not again..For an old stadium its well maintained and is far nicer than any other stadium previous to the new ones

  2. The fans in hamilton deserve a grey game in this city ..the people who run th8s city don’t deserve squat

    • stampland // March 24, 2017 at 12:07 pm //

      Hamilton’s last attempt was poor. AS was the weather. I would like to see Hamilton get it.It seems the CFL is falling into old habits thinking Toronto should host every couple years. (3 times in 10 years)

    • McMahon is a piece of crap. Worst stadium in the CFL. Calgary keeps crowing how it’s a world class city. Yeah right when it comes to sports facilities.

  3. Edmonton – thank you!

  4. I can’t believe the stadium is still an issue! The city and the team are on the hook for that mess! Hamilton will have a difficult time creating an effective Grey Cup plan. The city is too small, stadium location is terrible for a Grey Cup, no hotel rooms and management seem to lack the vision. I have no confidence in 2019!

  5. Scottsask // March 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm //

    Hey Stampland, you in Regina for CFL week?

  6. I think it makes sense to come back west for 2018. With last year being in Toronto, this year in Ottawa a third Ontario Grey Cup would be too much too soon. Do Edmonton/Calgary for next year and maybe Saskatchewan in 2019 and then Hamilton in 2020 (or you could flip those two). Pretty much anywhere but Toronto or Vancouver for the next few years.

  7. New Mosaic Stadium for 2018…

    • stampland // March 24, 2017 at 6:47 pm //

      they aren’t in the running. Mosaic is 2021 at earliest.I know league is concerned with infrastructure there as event is getting bigger

  8. Levi Oakey // March 25, 2017 at 8:14 am //

    I think it would be interesting to have non-CFL cities have a Grey Cups. Could help test the waters for teams.

    • stampland // March 25, 2017 at 10:08 am //

      interesting idea but where would you go.?Grey Cup has grown into a big event and I’m not sure many other places could support it.Also it would be a big risk

  9. Redblack_Attack // March 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm //

    Edmonton in 2018 and then the Hammer in 2019. Forget 1996, the Hammer will definitely show up this time for Grey Cup. They are loyal fans and deserve a chance to get back on the Grey Cup circuit.

  10. Edmonton has the facility, Calgary doesn’t.

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