Desjardins Vanier Cup in Toronto in 2007
11/16/2005 9:17:20 PM
OTTAWA (CIS) - Canadian Interuniversity Sport and Ontario University Athletics, in conjunction with the Canadian Football League, announced today that the CIS football championship game, the Desjardins Vanier Cup, will be moved from Hamilton to Toronto in 2007 as part of the Grey Cup celebration.
Following a one-year stint in Saskatoon in 2006, the CIS football final was slated to return to Hamilton for consecutive years in 2007 and 2008. Today's announcement does not affect the 2008 game, which will be contested at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton as scheduled.
"The CIS has discussed the possibility of the Vanier Cup and Grey Cup combo in the past, and we are delighted to move from the talk stage into action," remarked CIS President, Dick White. "The 2007 Desjardins Vanier Cup and Grey Cup promises to be an unforgettable weekend of football, and we look forward to working with the OUA and the CFL to provide student-athletes and coaches with memories of a lifetime."
"As a major sponsor of the CIS, we are very excited about the unique partnership between the CFL and the CIS to bring the Desjardins Vanier Cup and Grey Cup together," expressed André Forgues, director of communications and institutional advertising, Desjardins Group. "This partnership will provide added exposure and visibility to the CIS, university football, and the student-athletes."
As part of the "Celebration of Football" in 2007 at Rogers Centre the Desjardins Vanier Cup will be played on the Friday night (Nov. 23), with the Grey Cup following on the Sunday. It will mark the 40th presentation of the CIS football final in the City of Toronto.
"I would love to be one of the CIS coaches on the Rogers Centre sidelines in 2007," said Blake Nill, President of the Canadian University Football Coaches Association, and head coach of the three-time Vanier Cup champion Saint Mary's Huskies. "Combining the two events on one weekend is a great idea."
Saint Mary's University Athletic Director and CIS board member Dr. David Murphy has personal experience with the university and professional national championships taking place on the same weekend.
"In 1973 Saint Mary's won the Canadian College Bowl on a Saturday and then we attended the Grey Cup on the Sunday. It was simply terrific."
The 2005 Desjardins Vanier Cup will be played at Ivor Wynne Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday, Dec. 3rd at 3 p.m. ET (TSN / RDS).