CFL commissioner Randy Ambroise announced the 2019 Grey Cup game will be hosted and played in Calgary on Wednesday.
“The home of a leading football operation in the Stampeders, Calgary is also known around the world for its tremendous hospitality, love of sport and ability to put on world-class events,” Ambrosie said in a statement.
“We have every confidence this city will put on a Grey Cup worthy of Canada’s greatest sporting tradition.”
The 2019 CFL championship game is scheduled for November 24. It’s the first time the Stampeders have hosted the Grey Cup since 2009 and the fifth time overall (2009, 2000, 1993 and 1975).
“On behalf of our ownership group and the entire Calgary Stampeders organization, I thank the Canadian Football League, the board of governors and Commissioner Randy Ambrosie for entrusting us with the responsibility—and the privilege—of hosting the 2019 Grey Cup,” John Hufnagel, president and general manager of the Stamps, said in a statement.
This would not have been possible without the support of our partners at the City of Calgary, the Province of Alberta and Tourism Calgary and we look forward to working together to put on a very successful event.”
McMahon Stadium opened in 1960 and it was last renovated in 2005. Commish Ambrosie believes it’s time for Calgary to come up with a stadium solution, but the oldest stadium in the CFL will host the Grey Cup.
When the Stampeders last hosted the CFL championship game in 2009, the Montreal Alouettes beat the Saskatchewan Roughriders 28-27. That was the infamous 13th man game where the Riders lined up with too many men on the field as Alouettes kicker Damon Duval missed wide right from 43 yards on the potential game-winning field goal. The penalty was assessed for 10 yards and Duval made good on a 33-yard try to give Montreal the victory.