Montreal to host the Vanier Cup for the first time

For the first time in history, the Vanier Cup will be played in Montreal.

CIS football championship game will be at Percival-Molson Stadium on Nov. 29

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre (second from left) holds the Vanier Cup after announcing the championship game will be held in Montreal in November. (CBC)

For the first time in history, the Vanier Cup will be played in Montreal.

The Canadian Interuniversity Sport football championship will be held at Percival-Molson Stadium on Nov. 29.

Today, Montreal is on the map,- Denis Coderre, Montreal mayor

“Today, Montreal is on the map. It’s an historic, important moment,” said Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre.

“Each year, this spectacular event draws tens of thousands of fans and some one million viewers … I truly believe this is an amazing bridge to make all the people smile again and be proud.”

The event this fall will mark the 50th anniversary of university football's championship game.

The Montreal Alouettes organization will be in charge of hosting the game.

“University football has been growing in this province at an unbelievable rate in the last 15 to 20 years. With all the success that our Quebec-based teams have been having, what better way to celebrate football than to have the CIS championsip in our yard?” said Mark Weightman, the CEO of the Montreal Alouettes, adding that he counts on filling up the stadium.

The Als will be selling 23,500 tickets, which will be available as of this weekend.

The Vanier Cup has been hosted in Quebec City several times, but Montreal has always been overlooked.

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