Hamilton will not only host the 108th Grey Cup this year. Now the CFL has announced that the home of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will also be the home of the 2023 Grey Cup. Whilst also announcing that this year’s Grey Cup will be played before a full house.
Ticats owner Bob Young had this to say about the developments, “We’re looking forward to hosting a thrilling championship caliber game day experience at a full capacity Tim Hortons Field in less than two months.” Going on to say “We are grateful to the CFL Board of Governors, the Province of Ontario and the City of Hamilton for their support in providing Hamilton the opportunity to host two Grey Cup games in the span of three seasons. Hamilton hasn’t hosted the Grey Cup in 25 years and the League recognized that Tiger-Cats fans and Hamiltonians deserve the opportunity to host the full Grey Cup Festival experience in our city as originally intended, before the pandemic, without the lingering public health restrictions and limitations.”
Hamilton which will host the 2021 final in December, will see a modified Grey Cup week. Traditional media events will go ahead. Like the cup’s arrival, CFL Awards, head coaches conference. And the commissioner’s state of the league session. But, covid restrictions will prevent the event’s major concert series taking place. And other large-scale fan get-togethers can’t go ahead due to ongoing capacity restrictions for non-seated, general admission indoor events.
The 108th Grey Cup game scheduled for December the 12th is expected to have a capacity of about 24,000. No temporary seating will be added. Fans attending will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19.
Hamilton had to wait
Hamilton has played host to the Grey Cup on ten occasions so far. 2021 will see the 11th Grey cup played on Hamitonian soil. And after such a long wait the 12th iteration will come in 2023.
The first time Hamilton hosted the Grey Cup was 1910. Whilst the last time was in 1996. A full quarter of a century later they are hosting again. And because of the unusual circumstances surrounding this one the league is giving them a second shot too. That will give them the chance to host the kind of festival they wanted to put on around the game this year.
If either of the games they host is half as exciting as the game they last hosted then the league, and neutrals watching on, will be more than happy.
Sandwiched between these two games will be the 109th Grey Cup. That will take place in Saskatchewan in 2022. This after that province’s plan to host the 2020 Grey Cup was cancelled due to the pandemic.
CFL commissioner randy Ambrosie also released a statement. Stating that these developments “responsibly modifies our plan for Grey Cup Week this year due to circumstances beyond our control, and it’s only fair to award another Grey Cup to Hamilton in 2023, so Hamilton gets an opportunity down the road to fully realize its bold and ambitious plans for hosting Grey Cup.”
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