A good read by Cam Cole about BC hosting the 2014 Grey Cup and some Hamilton news as to when we will get to host at the new Stadium!
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On the whole, it’s probably a good thing the Canadian Football League doesn’t carve its choices of Grey Cup host cities in stone.
Presumptive hosts are developing an alarming habit of throwing up their hands and saying: “Not yet!?
Fortunately, the Godfather of the CFL, David Braley, is there to pick up the pieces, and so it will be when a badly kept secret is made official Friday morning, that his B.C. Lions will throw the 2014 Grey Cup bash.
That will make three substantial paydays in four years for the good senator, two of them pickups from the discard pile. He only needs the proceeds from another dozen or so to nearly break even on his outlay over a long career as the CFL’s No. 1 benefactor.
The latest city to drop back and punt is Winnipeg, which had been the front-runner for the 2014 game in its new Investors Group Field. But owing to construction delays, a park that was supposed to have opened last year — while dazzling, by all accounts — won’t get its first test until this summer, and the Blue Bombers appear to have decided that they’d rather play a full season in the new facility and work out the bugs before taking on the big show.
“Only the Bombers could find a way to lose a Grey Cup without playing in it,? wrote one commenter on a Winnipeg story about the day’s developments.[/b]
So now, the Lions are getting the championship game and festival more or less third-hand, even though (if you’re still following the musical chairs) it would normally have been their turn, anyway, had they not jumped the queue to relieve Hamilton of the 2011 finale.
Down the road, the 2015 game likely will go to Winnipeg, because Hunt says he would rather see Ottawa’s fledgling entry — to be named the Red Blacks, unless saner heads prevail — establish itself as a contender before venturing fully into the spotlight. So the, er, Blue Golds will almost certainly inherit that one.
(Note to Mr. Hunt: Voyageurs or Raftsmen, for cripes sake. Red Blacks is like volunteering to be mocked.)
Hamilton, whose 24,000-seat PanAm soccer stadium must be ready in time for the Games in 2015, therefore might be arm-wrestling Ottawa for the 2016 game, the loser getting it the following year, and then it will have been nine years since McMahon Stadium in Calgary had its last shot, and eight for Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.