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The 108th Grey Cup will be played to decide the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship for the 2020 season. The game is scheduled to be played on November 22, 2020 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan.[3] It will be the fourth time that Regina has hosted the Grey Cup, with the most recent coming in 2013, and the first to be played at the new Mosaic Stadium.[3] The game will be televised in Canada nationally on TSN and RDS.

108th Grey Cup
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DateNovember 22, 2020[1][2][3]
StadiumMosaic Stadium
LocationRegina, Saskatchewan
Broadcasters
NetworkEnglish: TSN
French: RDS
United States: ESPN2

DateEdit

As speculated with the 107th Grey Cup, the date for this game could come much earlier than in previous years. Currently, the Grey Cup is played on the fourth or fifth Sunday of November, as has been the case since 2007. During the CFL's State of the League address on November 24, 2017, League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie suggested that the league could potentially move the date to the third week of October.[4] This would easily surpass the previous earliest date of November 16 (occurring in 1997 and 2003). Reasons in favour of this were the weather being warmer in October as well as a potential television deal with the American-based NFL Network.[4] The league's current American broadcasting agreement expires after the 2018 CFL season and the season schedule is thought to be worked around this agreement.[5][6] Reasons against would be the increased overlap of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs in May and June (since the season would also have to start one month earlier) as well as the CFL's playoffs overlapping Major League Baseball's playoffs in October.[4] On November 23, 2018, Commissioner Ambrosie confirmed that the league schedule would start one week earlier, making the date for this year's game November 15, 2020.[1][2] However, the league continued the trend of the fourth Sunday of November hosting the game, making the date November 22, 2020.[3]

Host cityEdit

As of August 2018, three teams were interested in submitting bids as the league met with representatives of those unnamed clubs in Hamilton.[7] Based on the location of the meeting and their previously-stated desire to host, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats were speculated to be one of the teams.[7] The previous obstacle of the lawsuit over the construction of Tim Hortons Field was settled on May 31, 2018, which had prevented the Tiger-Cats from bidding on a Grey Cup game.[8] The Tiger-Cats had previously expressed interest in submitting a bid for the 107th Grey Cup and with litigation cleared, they can move forward with bidding to host their first championship game since the 84th Grey Cup in 1996.[9]

The first club to openly confirm their plans to bid were the Saskatchewan Roughriders, as stated by the club's president and CEO, Craig Reynolds, on October 1, 2018.[10][11] The game would coincide with the 110th anniversary of the club and would be the fourth time the game would be hosted in Saskatchewan, if successful.[12] The Roughriders' new facility, Mosaic Stadium, opened in 2017 and the Roughriders last hosted the Grey Cup in 2013.[10]

On November 4, 2018, it was reported that the Montreal Alouettes were preparing a bid to see Olympic Stadium host the 2020 championship game.[13] The Alouettes confirmed that they had representatives in Toronto on November 6, 2018 to make their presentation at the league head office to host the game.[14]

It was confirmed on November 13, 2018 that the Tiger-Cats were indeed making a bid for the game as team representatives made their presentation to the league head office in Toronto the week prior.[15] Their Grey Cup festival concept included a downtown-centred event at venues like the Hamilton Convention Centre and Art Gallery of Hamilton. The Tiger-Cats' president of business operations, Matt Afinec, confirmed that the club had support from Hamilton's mayor, Fred Eisenberger, and that three bids for the Grey Cup game had been made.[15] The CFL's Grey Cup director, Céline Séguin, had previously stated that the league would like to announce hosts sooner. With the previous year's game being announced 19 months prior, this game could be declared much earlier.[16]

On February 21, 2019, it was officially announced that the 2020 and 2021 Grey Cup games had been respectively awarded to Regina and Hamilton.[17]

TriviaEdit

As part of an April Fools' Day joke in 2016, the league had announced that the 2020 Grey Cup would be hosted in a secret Arctic location on November 29, 2020.[18] A stadium would have been airlifted in by helicopter to seat 50,000 spectators in what would have been the most northern Grey Cup in history.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Eight things you need to know from Randy Ambrosie's state of the league address". November 23, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "State of CFL: Randy Ambrosie on Mexico, Halifax, realignment and more". November 23, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Going for Two: CFL awards 2020 and 2021 Grey Cups". cfl.ca. February 21, 2019. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Grey Cup in October? NFL Network TV deal could follow for CFL". Ottawa Sun. November 24, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Baines, Tim (February 2, 2018). "Q and A with CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie on Randy's Road Trip". Sun Media. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Baines, Tim (November 24, 2017). "Grey Cup in October? NFL Network TV deal could follow for CFL". Sun Media. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "CFL taking collaborative approach to Grey Cup planning". Standard-Freeholder. August 31, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Tim Horton's Field stadium lawsuit officially settled, says Hamilton mayor". Global News. May 31, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  9. ^ "No Grey Cup bid until stadium legal issues solved". Hamilton Spectator. March 24, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Rob Vanstone: Saskatchewan Roughriders' 2020 Grey Cup bid should be a lock ... but then what?". Leader Post. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  11. ^ "Riders confirm plan to bid on 2020 Grey Cup". CJME. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "The Roughriders want to stage another Grey Cup". Riderville. October 2, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  13. ^ "Alouettes to make bid for 2020 Grey Cup: report". 3DownNation. November 4, 2018.
  14. ^ "We're in Toronto today to bring the Grey Cup final back to the Olympic Stadium in 2020!". Montreal Alouettes. November 6, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Steven Milton (November 13, 2018). "Ticats one of three in running to host 2020 Grey Cup Game". Hamilton Spectator.
  16. ^ "For the CFL's Grey Cup director, the big game is a calling". The Globe and Mail. November 24, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via The Globe and Mail.
  17. ^ Taekema, Dan (Feb 21, 2019). "'Holy cow, we did it': The 2021 Grey Cup is coming to Hamilton". CBC News. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  18. ^ a b "CFL Announces 2020 Grey Cup to be Most Northern Grey Cup Ever!". cfl.ca. April 1, 2016. Archived from the original on 2018-10-02. Retrieved October 2, 2018.