Why Hamilton should host the next CFL Week

With CFL Week 2017 in the books, we can now start looking towards CFL Week 2018. The first question on anyone’s mind is where will it be held. A case has been made for a sequel in Regina, but I think that would be a mistake. This thing needs to travel around — I honestly think doing one out in the Maritimes at some point would a great idea — and I submit that Hamilton should host the next CFL Week extravaganza.

The facilities to host the event are all there, so that would not be a problem. The convention centre can host some stuff, and McMaster University, or even Players Paradise in Stoney Creek, could be where the CFL Combine takes place. But the biggest reason Hamilton should host CFL Week is because it would be a perfect trial run for the city’s inevitable pitch to finally host a Grey Cup again.

The city of Hamilton has not hosted the league’s showcase game since 1996. With the recent report that Edmonton and Calgary are bidding on the 2018 Grey Cup, and that Hamilton won’t bid on the game until all the stadium litigation is settled, that means 2019 is the earliest we will see the game played at Tim Hortons Field.

But there is nothing stopping the city from bidding on and hosting CFL Week.

It is clear from social media that the people who were in Regina had a blast this past week; the fans had a great time, players dug it and the media seemed to be almost unanimously positive about the event. Let’s bring all that to Hamilton, show off the city and prove that Hamilton can be a place for marquee CFL events.

People are going to say a Grey Cup can’t work in Hamilton until a Grey Cup works in Hamilton. By hosting CFL Week, Hamilton can show it is capable of hosting a marquee CFL event.

If it is a flop, then it is the thing that can be hung over the heads Hamiltonians whenever we drone on about the lack of Grey Cup hosting opportunities.

But if it is a success, then the city will have finally proven to all the naysayers that it is ready for the big one.

Josh Smith

Josh Smith

Josh has been writing about the Ticats and the CFL since 2010 and was sporting his beard way before it was cool. Will be long after, too.
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12 Comments on Why Hamilton should host the next CFL Week

  1. Glenn Chernick // March 28, 2017 at 10:49 am //

    Josh, the TiCats have not bid on the Grey Cup, correct?? You cannot get the Grey Cup if you do not bid on it. I’m sure if Hamilton bid on it, they would do a terrific job. Why is a committee not put together to bid on the big game is the big question IMO

  2. cvmurrieta // March 28, 2017 at 11:13 am //

    I’ll definitely make the trek to Hamilton if it hosts the CFL Week.

  3. The story is about the Ti Cats not bidding on the Grey Cup until all litigation with the stadium is completed. That’s why there’s no committee set up to bid for a Grey Cup. Which is why the author feels Hamilton should bid on CFL Week.

  4. After Hamilton, love the idea about hosting one in he Maritimes. Good exposure for the league, a foot in the door for expansion (once a stadium comes) and the good people out East always support their CIS teams. I am sure they would come out in droves in Halifax to watch their local boys compete in a combine.

  5. CC Rider // March 28, 2017 at 2:06 pm //

    Makes sense. I’m an Ottawa guy and as much as I’d like to see it here it shouldn’t be in the city that is about to host or just did. Use it as an evaluation tool (both in terms of fan interest and a “dry run” to judge a team’s ability to host a Cup) or give it a location that may not have a cup game to host for a while, for whatever reason.

  6. It’s not really clear to me why the city and Ticats CAN’T work together for a GC bid, but COULD work together to do CFL week. Same people right? Anyway, I think the ‘Cats would do a great job of CFL week (and GC), and it would be great for the league’s exposure in southern Ontario too.

  7. The City is one party being sued by the Ti-Cats (along with the Province and Ontario Sports Solutions)as part of the stadium fiasco. The City has a policy that’s states that they will not do business with an entity that is suing them. Therefore Grey Cup or CFL Week you won’t get the required City buy-in until the suit is settled.

  8. However that being said the success or failure of a CFL week does not directly reflect on the possible success of a Grey Cup Week since the Grey Cup Week actually has an important game at the end that draws in larger crowds. CFL week in Regina this year may have looked like Regina’s last Grey Cup Week because the only fans that could get to last Grey Cup Week in Regina were local Saskatchewan fans due to no one else being able to secure a hotel room!

  9. I’m 100% in for Hamilton to host next year and it makes total sense since they are not ready to host a Grey Cup. it also makes sense for the league as it can help bolster the Southern Ontario market (specifically Toronto) and the league offices are based in Toronto (a 40 min drive up the highway). I think this is great for the league but it needs to travel to a different city every year to help boost the league during the off-season.

  10. stampland // March 28, 2017 at 9:46 pm //

    New drill for the prospects ..who will take on Angelo Mosca and his swinging Cain

  11. Ken Edwards // March 30, 2017 at 10:19 am //

    The hammer?

    • stampland // March 30, 2017 at 11:41 am //

      I like it!! …lol seriously though my Mosca comment was all in jest .No disrespect intended

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