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VANCOUVER -- The Canadian Football League will cap what promises to be a banner year by staging the 2014 Grey Cup game and festival here in Vancouver, it was announced today.  

“We’re thrilled and proud to award the 102nd Grey Cup to the city of Vancouver and the people of British Columbia,” said Commissioner Mark Cohon.

“Next year is shaping up as a real milestone for our league, with the return of Ottawa to the CFL, and the opening of a new stadium in Hamilton, on the heels of the momentum we plan to generate this year.

“And BC Place, one of our brightest and greatest stages, is an ideal place to cap a tremendous year.”

At a media conference here today, the league’s Chief Operating Officer announced the game will be played on Sunday, November 30th, and cited Vancouver’s excellent track record as a Grey Cup site.

“We know BC Place, one of the great venues in North America, will be packed: our last Grey Cup here sold out in July,” Michael Copeland said.

“And we know the economic impact will be huge: it was measured at $118 million in 2011, as 130,000 visitors poured into Vancouver. Most of all, we know the people here will be wonderful hosts.”

The province of British Columbia has pledged its support for the event.

“As Premier and a CFL fan, I’ve very pleased to welcome the Grey Cup back to Vancouver,” said Premier Christy Clark.

“The Grey Cup isn’t just a game, but a week-long festival of Canadian football and culture. It’s an event that leaves its mark on the host city and all those Canadians who travel to be part of it. I know Vancouver will again play host to a tremendous Grey Cup.”

The BC Lions are thrilled to be bringing the Grey Cup back to Vancouver.

"The Lions are British Columbia's team and our success is a reflection of our loyal fans and the people of this great province," said owner Senator David Braley. "They are the reason past Grey Cup festivals held in Vancouver were among the very best in our league’s history and they will make the 2014 Grey Cup game and festival another huge success.”

“We are thrilled to have our bid selected by the Canadian Football League and we are extremely grateful to Premier Christy Clark, her colleagues, Dana Hayden from PAVCO, Russ Cowan of the Vancouver Hotel Destination Association and Rick Antonson of Tourism Vancouver for their support in securing the 2014 Grey Cup,” said Lions president and CEO Dennis Skulsky. “It takes a team effort to host world-class events like the Grey Cup and I’m confident that we will raise the bar once again next year. I know fans of the BC Lions will embrace this opportunity to celebrate our nation’s biggest sports event.”

Staging a Grey Cup is truly a team effort that includes the entire community, including a strong team of volunteers.

“We’re very excited to welcome the Grey Cup back to Vancouver next year,” said Tourism Vancouver president & CEO, Rick Antonson. “Our sports culture is so vibrant and engaging. We have literally hundreds of motivated and skilled volunteers to ensure Grey Cup will once again be an enormous success for Vancouver, building on our reputation as one of the world’s premier sports cities.”

“Our member hotels are pleased to be a major supporter of an event, that has significant positive impact, on downtown tourism businesses throughout Grey Cup week in November,” Russ Cowan, Executive Director, Vancouver Hotel Destination Association.

“The CFL will work with people here to make sure the 2014 Grey Cup will be one of the biggest and best ever,” Copeland said.

“And it will do what the Grey Cup does better than anything else: bring Canadians together, in fun and friendship, and with enormous pride.”

The 101st Grey Cup will be played this November 24th in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Fan Comments
BrentWhetstone
I am grateful for the Senators involvement in the league, he has propped up three franchises in need...but seriously three of four Grey Cups to his teams? Winnipeg was the natural choice with their new stadium, then Hamilton right after the PanAm games in 2015 (and we haven't hosted since 1996), then Ottawa in 2016 to keep interest in the team and they haven't hosted since 2004, and here is a radical thought...Moncton? probably too much too soon...but the East Coast would throw a heck of a party.
March 23, 2013 - 1:31pm
 
Dekkoy
Any reason Olypmic Stadium can't host? They pack 'em in for semis and its LOUD there! Why not?
March 11, 2013 - 6:07pm
 
ro1313
The reason Montreal Winnipeg Calgary etc didnt get the cup?

They didnt ask for it
March 10, 2013 - 3:13pm
als rule
you know this how?
March 10, 2013 - 9:29pm
HalifaxCFLFan
I would find it hard to believe that any city would not "ask" for the Grey Cup in their backyard. It results in $millions of revenue for the city and province.

And I do not mean any disrespect to the BC fans or the city and province. Regardless, Regina's Grey Cup game will be grand I am sure!
March 11, 2013 - 6:01pm
 
HalifaxCFLFan
This announcement is very disappointing. Living on the east coast and being a Winnipeg fan, I was really hoping that an eastern city or Winnipeg would play host. This is an unfair decision to have another Grey Cup in Vancouver only 3 years after its last stint... I agree with tabbiefanmcb that maybe Ottawa and Hamilton might not be ready but there are other options...
March 10, 2013 - 10:12am
saskfan56
Halifax, we need a 10th team, bad!!! Just wondering how many more fans like you are there to make it happen? Just think, then you could host the Grey Cup.
March 12, 2013 - 10:52pm
 
*C*F*L*
Looking forward to the Grey Cup in Riderville. Can't say I'm all excited about moving the game indoors. Love pure Canadiana outdoor Grey Cups (football period). But without wishing the year away, lets fast forward go to training camp. When I was a kid, that was one of the most exciting times of the year, all 9 teams entering TC.
March 09, 2013 - 10:15am
als rule
9 teams I remember that and GCs outside!!
March 09, 2013 - 6:44pm
 
RiderFanOntario
boy being a Senator has it's privledges
March 09, 2013 - 1:24am
als rule
OH YEAH BABY!!
March 09, 2013 - 6:58pm
 
tabbiefanmcb
Seems a little weird to send it back to BC so soon instead of rotating back to an Eastern city - Winnipeg or Montreal - recognizing that Winnipeg and Hamilton will likely not be quite ready to take on the task and expense, even with their new stadiums.
March 08, 2013 - 7:59pm
als rule
a little weird? NO alot weird!!
March 08, 2013 - 11:31pm
tabbiefanmcb
Sorry previous comment should have read Hamilton and Ottawa not quite ready to take on the task.(not Winnipeg)
March 09, 2013 - 2:31pm
 
fantuzfan
Vancouver again so soon? Why not Winnipeg's new stadium and then Ottawa?
March 08, 2013 - 5:19pm
als rule
bet you the answer isn't as good as the question!!
March 08, 2013 - 11:35pm
 
Lelainia Lloyd
"We have literally hundreds of motivated and skilled volunteers to ensure Grey Cup will once again be an enormous success for Vancouver, building on our reputation as one of the world’s premier sports cities.”

YOU BET YOU DO!! I volunteered for the 99th Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver and had a wonderful time. Just let me know when & where to sign up for 2014 and I am there! I have tons of experience doing VIP transportation dispatch and would love to do it again.
March 08, 2013 - 3:28pm
als rule
senator david braley owns the argos and lions and vancouver gets the 99th GC and toronto gets the 100th GC and the 102nd GC again goes to vancouver!! appears as a conflict and puts the CFL in a black eye situation!!
March 09, 2013 - 10:17am
 
waveman
huh?!!!? what happened to winnipegs new diggs?
March 08, 2013 - 12:43pm
als rule
absolutely right!! WHY NOT???
March 08, 2013 - 6:43pm