2018 Grey Cup to be held in Edmonton: report

According to columnist Terry Jones, Edmonton will host the 2018 Grey Cup.

From the story:

A press conference to announce Edmonton as the site for the 106th Grey Cup, your correspondent has learned, will be held next week.

As Jones points out, 2018 will mark the 40th anniversary of Commonwealth Stadium and the 70th year of the Eskimos franchise.

Edmonton last hosted the game in 2010 when 63,317 showed up to watch the Montreal Alouettes beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 21-18.

This year’s championship (and accompanying revelry) will be held in Ottawa as the CFL looks to recover from a disappointing 2016 event in Toronto. While the game was great, ticket sales were sluggish and plagued by various controversies.

With two straight Grey Cups taking place in Eastern Canada, a move out West makes plenty of sense. But it does mean that Hamilton, which hasn’t hosted since 1999 and has a new stadium, will have to wait until 2019 at the earliest.