June 10, 2010

Quick facts about the Grey Cup

CFL.ca Staff

TORONTO — The Canadian Football League presents some quick facts about the Grey Cup to accompany today’s announcement about the location for the 100th Grey Cup game.

  • The first Grey Cup game ever played was on Sunday, December 4, 1909 at Rosedale Field in Toronto. The game was played in front of 3,807 fans, The University of Toronto defeated Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 26-6.
  • Although the first Grey Cup was played in 1909, the 100th Grey Cup will be played in 2012. From 1916-1918, the Grey Cup wasn’t contested due to the First World War. In 1919 the game was not contested because of a rules dispute between the I.C.F.U. and the C.R.U.
  • During the Second World War, three Grey Cup games (1942-1944) were contested by military teams. The winners were the Toronto R.C.A.F. (1942), Hamilton Flying Wildcats (1943) and Montreal St. H-D Navy (1944).
  • The City of Toronto has hosted the Grey Cup 46 times, most recently in 2007.
  • The 2007 Grey Cup was played in front of a sold-out crowd of 52,230.
  • This year the 98th Grey Cup will be played in Edmonton on Sunday, November 28th. The game set a record for the quickest Grey Cup sell-out in recent history, 173 days in advance of the game.
  • The 99th Grey Cup will be played in Vancouver on Sunday, November 27th, 2011.
  • The 100th Grey Cup will be played at Rogers Centre on Sunday, November 25th, 2012.
  • The Toronto Argonauts have won 15 Grey Cups, the most by any franchise in CFL history.
  • The last time the Argonauts won a Grey Cup in Toronto was in 1952. They defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 21-11 at Varsity Stadium.