Edmonton will play host to the 2018 Grey Cup.
A press conference to announce Edmonton as the site for the 106th Grey Cup, your correspondent has learned, will be held next week.
The fifth Grey Cup hosting in Edmonton’s history, the 2018 event will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Commonwealth Stadium and the completion of 70 seasons of Edmonton Eskimos football.
Previous Grey Cups were held here in 1984, 1997, 2002 and 2010, drawing crowds of 60,081, 60,431, 62,531 and 63,317, respectively.
With Hamilton in a new stadium and not having played host since 1996, Montreal not having held the game since 2008 and Calgary also technically ahead of Edmonton in “the rotation,? it wasn’t considered a slam dunk that the 2018 Grey Cup would be coming to Commonwealth Stadium.
There is a belief the Stampeders may have decided McMahon Stadium is no longer up to a standard that matches the new stadiums in Ottawa, Winnipeg and Regina and eliminated itself from consideration as a Grey Cup host until they, too, have a new home.
However, Saskatchewan decided to hold the game one last time in old Taylor Field, a.k.a. Mosaic Stadium while the new Mosaic, where the Roughriders begin play this year, was on the drawing boards
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