New Brunswick

Moncton to host 2nd CFL game

Moncton will host another Canadian Football League game next fall.

Moncton will host another regular season Canadian Football League game next fall.

Moncton council officially ratified an agreement with the CFL to bring another game to the city.

"We're thrilled to be bringing another regular season game to the city of Moncton, and our fans and friends from across Atlantic Canada," Mark Cohon, commissioner of the Canadian Football League, said in a release.

Moncton Mayor George LeBlanc said his city is proud to welcome the CFL back this season after hosting the very first-ever CFL regular season game in Atlantic Canada last year.

"We are excited and ready to make the sequel even bigger and better than the original," LeBlanc said.

Details of Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic II, including the two participating CFL teams, the date and time of the game will be announced soon, along with the full CFL schedule for 2011.

"Scotiabank is thrilled to have partnered with the CFL on the inaugural Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic Festival, and we are more excited to see it return to the East Coast for a second year," Peter Bessey, Scotiabank senior vice-president, Atlantic Region, said in a release.

"Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic is truly a celebration of sport, Canadian culture and a great game that unites people in communities across Canada."

Last year, the Toronto Argonauts hosted the Edmonton Eskimos in Moncton, where a capacity crowd of more than 20,000 attended the game at the new Stade Moncton Stadium on the campus of the University of Moncton. Tickets sold out in 32 hours.

"Moncton continues to build a sterling reputation as Atlantic Canada's entertainment centre, and the CFL's return here, on the heels of the massive U2 concert this summer, is further proof of that," LeBlanc said.

Cohon said the CFL continues to evaluate the opportunity to play more games in Atlantic Canada in the years ahead.

"Time will tell whether we are expanding our footprint in the region, or in a position to consider actual expansion to Atlantic Canada," Cohon said.

"What we do know is the first Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic was a huge hit, and working with our civic and corporate partners in the region, we're going to strive to make Scotiabank Touchdown Atlantic Two even better."