2020 Grey Cup will be held in Regina, 2021 in Hamilton
Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell hoists the Grey Cup after defeating the Ottawa Redblacks in the 106th Grey Cup CFL championship football game in Edmonton, Alta., on Sunday November 25, 2018. Stampeders general manager John Hufnagel says he's optimistic he can re-sign quarterback Mitchell. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, February 21, 2019 6:49PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, February 21, 2019 6:50PM EST
TORONTO -- The Grey Cup game is returning to Regina and Hamilton.
The CFL announced Thursday night it's awarding the 2020 Grey Cup to the Saskatchewan Roughriders and the 2021 contest to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
"Congratulations to Saskatchewan on winning the bid for the 2020 Grey Cup," CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement. "It's exciting the Roughriders and their legion of fans, among the most passionate in all of sport, will cap the club's 110th anniversary by welcoming the biggest event in Canadian sport.
"We're thrilled that Hamilton, which boasts a football tradition second to none, will welcome the Grey Cup in 2021, its first opportunity to host in 25 years. I know the Tiger-Cats look forward to showcasing the renaissance underway in the city of Hamilton, which will celebrate its 175th anniversary that year."
The Riders, Ticats and Montreal Alouettes had all bid for the 2020 title game.
"Our governors want to thank the Montreal Alouettes for a first-class bid," Ambrosie said. "Unfortunately, 2021 was not an option for them because of expected renovations at Olympic Stadium.
"We certainly anticipate returning the Grey Cup in the future to the dynamic city that is Montreal and the welcoming province that is Quebec."
This year's Grey Cup will be held at Calgary's McMahon Stadium on Nov. 24.
The 2020 Grey Cup will be played at the new Mosaic Stadium. It returns to Regina for the first time since 2013 when the hometown Roughriders defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 45-23 for their most recent CFL championship.
The 2021 contest will be held at Tim Hortons Field. The game will help celebrate Hamilton's 175th anniversary and comes 25 years after the city last hosted one of the most memorable Grey Cup games in CFL history.
The Toronto Argonauts captured the '96 Grey Cup -- affectionately dubbed the Snow Bowl -- with a thrilling 43-37 win over the Edmonton Eskimos in blizzard-like conditions at Ivor Wynne Stadium.