The Canadian Football League is nearing a decision on where the 2020 Grey Cup will be played.
The Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders have submitted bids for the right to host the CFL championship game.
“I’m meeting with the board of governors on Monday. I’m hoping to be in a position to confirm the final status of all three of the bids. And the committee that has been integral to this whole process will have made a recommendation for the governors to consider,” commissioner Randy Ambrosie said.
“We want to get going with the 2020 announcement as quickly as we can. I think we’re in a good position to debrief the league governors on Monday and my expectation is they’ll be pleased with that update and ready to support a recommendation.”
The Grey Cup hasn’t been contested in Hamilton since 1996 when the Toronto Argonauts beat Edmonton — despite Eddie Brown catching a touchdown off his foot in the snow — in front of a sold out Ivor Wynne Stadium crowd of over 38,000.
Ambrosie feels Hamilton is ready to host a Grey Cup. The CFL commish was part of a contingent from the Ticats that presented to Hamilton City council recently.
“We want to thank the City of Hamilton and Tourism Hamilton for all their hard work and vision throughout this process and for their support for our Grey Cup bid. While there is a lot of work left to do, we are now one step closer to bringing back Canada’s largest annual sporting event and festival to our great community in Hamilton and Tim Hortons Field,” Ticats owner Bob Young said.
Meanwhile Montreal last hosted the CFL title game in 2008 when the Calgary Stampeders beat the Alouettes on their home turf 22-14 in the 96th edition of the Grey Cup. More than 66,000 packed Olympic Stadium to watch the Stamps’ victory.
Saskatchewan last hosted a Grey Cup in 2013 with 44,710 fans in attendance. The Riders won against the Ticats in convincing style 45-23 on home soil. However, Edmonton hosted in 2018 and Calgary is set for 2019 meaning a third consecutive Grey Cup in western Canada might not be ideal for the league.
The winner of the bid process should be known in the near future.