The Canadian Football League’s most prestigious trophy may very well be heading to Calgary in 2019.
Ideally it will be in the hands of the Stampeders after they emerge victorious on the field… but also in the event that Calgary’s own team doesn’t quite make it to the finals.
Rumour has it that McMahon Stadium will play host to the 2019 championship game, as the CFL released a media advisory on Tuesday about a “special announcement” that would be coming from Calgary’s own Shaw Court on Wednesday.
— David William Naylor (@TSNDaveNaylor) April 24, 2018
ANNOUNCEMENT: @cfl has called a news conference for tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 11.00 AM MT at Shaw Court Calgary. Anticipate this is the 2019 Grey Cup returning to Calgary
— Mark Stephen (@Markonfootball) April 24, 2018
Even without the impending announcement fuelling our speculation, it wouldn’t be completely wild to think that Calgary may play host.
With only nine teams in the league — and Edmonton out of the running, as they will be hosting in 2018 and no city can host two years in a row — that leaves Calgary with a 12.5% chance of being the next to host, regardless.
Those odds are only increased if a city hasn’t hosted in the past few years, and by 2019 it will have been a full decade since the Grey Cup game was last played on our soil.
If the game is held in Calgary in 2019, it will be a reverse on what happened the last time the city hosted, as the championship was held in Edmonton the year directly after, in 2010.
Whether or not these rumours will be proven true or false will be determined just after 11 am on Wednesday… but it wouldn’t hurt to get your hopes up, Calgary.