106th Grey Cup

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106th Grey Cup
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Date November 25, 2018
Stadium The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium[1]
Location Edmonton, Alberta
Broadcasters
Network English: TSN
French: RDS
United States: ESPN2

The 106th Grey Cup (known as the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw for sponsorship reasons) will be played to decide the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship for the 2018 season. The game will be televised in Canada nationally on TSN.[2]

The game is scheduled to be played at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alberta on Sunday, November 25, 2018.[1]

Host city[edit]

Selection Process[edit]

On March 24, 2017, it was reported by several news outlets that the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos were bidding to host the 2018 Grey Cup game;[3][4] in previous years, the games would be awarded based on regional preference or ownership changes (such as Toronto hosting the 104th Grey Cup four years after hosting their previous one).[5] However, beginning with the 2018 game, the league will have a bidding process based on the merits of the application to determine a host.[6] Calgary last hosted the Grey Cup in 2009 while Edmonton last hosted in 2010. Both cities have previously hosted the Grey Cup game four times. Edmonton was awarded the 106th Grey Cup on June 5, 2017 and Calgary was awarded the 107th Grey Cup on April 25, 2018.[7][8]

Despite having a new stadium, and not having hosted the Grey Cup game since 1996, it was reported that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats would not submit a bid for the 106th Grey Cup due to ongoing lawsuits filed against the construction firms that completed the stadium more than a year behind schedule.[6] Tiger-Cats CEO, Scott Mitchell, relayed that the organization was focused on the lawsuits first and foremost, and once those are completed they will focus on hosting a Grey Cup in the near future.[9]

Ticket Sales[edit]

On June 6, 2018 the Eskimos announced they had sold 51,000 tickets in only four days; leaving only a little more than 4,800 seats remaining.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Scott, Morley; Mertz, Emily (June 5, 2017). "Edmonton officially named 2018 Grey Cup host city". CHED. Edmonton: Global Edmonton. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Shaw, CFL announce Grey Cup sponsorship deal". Global News. Shaw Media. May 8, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Stamps, Eskimos bidding for 2018 Grey Cup". TSN. March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Calgary, Edmonton to bid for 2018 Grey Cup: report". 3downnation. March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Toronto to host Grey Cup in 2016, Ottawa in 2017". Sportsnet. Rogers Media. September 4, 2015. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "No Grey Cup bid until stadium legal issues solved". Hamilton Spectator. March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ "CFL awards 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw to City of Edmonton - CFL.ca". CFL.ca. 2017-06-05. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  8. ^ "CFL awards 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw to city of Calgary - CFL.ca". CFL.ca. 2018-04-25. Retrieved 2018-06-07. 
  9. ^ "Last hurdle the highest for Tiger-Cats". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2017-06-08. 
  10. ^ "51K Grey Cup tickets sold after just four days - Article - TSN". TSN. 2018-06-05. Retrieved 2018-06-07.