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Edmonton to host 2010 Grey Cup
Monday, January 26, 2009
The last time Eskimos fans saw a Grey Cup at Commonwealth Stadium was in 2002.
The last time Eskimos fans saw a Grey Cup at Commonwealth Stadium was in 2002.
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EDMONTON -- The 2010 Grey Cup has been awarded to the Edmonton Eskimos, Sportsnet has learned.

The decision will keep the CFL championship game in Alberta for the second consecutive year. This year’s game will be played at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium.

League officials were wary of having the Grey Cup in the same province for two consecutive years, but with B.C., Toronto and Montreal each having played host to the title game since 2005, there is a concern the other stadiums in the league - Hamilton, Winnipeg and Saskatchewan – are not in good enough to stage the 98th Grey Cup without major modifications.

However, sources tell Sportsnet that few modifications will be needed to Commonwealth Stadium, where the game will be played. McMahon Stadium will have approximately 10,000 temporary seats installed for the 2009 contest.

The CFL declined to comment on the report other than to say an announcement on the 2010 Grey Cup is "forthcoming." The Eskimos also would not comment, saying the Grey Cup is a CFL property.

The city of Edmonton has hosted the Grey Cup on three previous occasions, the last one being the 90th edition on Nov. 24, 2002. The Eskimos lost that game to the Montreal Alouettes, 25-16. Commonwealth Stadium was also site of the championship game in 1997 for the 85th Grey Cup (Argos 47, Riders 23) and in 1984 for the 72nd Grey Cup (Bombers 47, Tiger-Cats 17).





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Cool, they should just have it in Alberta every year. Hopefully the modifications to Commonwealth include artifical turf so they won't have to play on frozen mud. It is funny though that the league was concerned about two Alberta Grey Cups in a row one when there was once a time when only Toronto and Monreal got Grey Cups.
Posted by: BigWilliam | Monday January 26, 2009, 7:47 pm ET
Too bad the Esks will have no chance of playing in front of their home fans in the big game. EDM will be the basement dwellers of the West this coming season. Mark my words.
Posted by: Spifftone | Monday January 26, 2009, 8:54 pm ET
I was kind of hoping that the 100th Grey Cup would be held in Edmonton.
Posted by: ryanz4 | Tuesday January 27, 2009, 5:56 am ET
you guys really should wait until the CFL makes it official!

wouldn't look very good on your company if you made a huge announcement only to have it explode in your faces! making you look foolish.

the odds are it will be the case but you should not jump the gun, tends to get you disqualified.
Posted by: cflisthebest | Tuesday January 27, 2009, 11:25 am ET
First, to spifftone, "this coming season" culminates with the 2009 Grey Cup, not 2010. A six-year old would know this. Second, Edmonton was one of the most improved teams last year and will add some major defensive pieces with a healthy Fred Perry and whoever coach Hall pulls over from Saskatchewan to complement a Ricky Ray led offense. Add to that a Saskatchewan team that does not have an effective QB and lost their defensive coordinator, and a BC team that was already on the decline before they lost a game-changer like Cameron Wake to the NFL, and you don't have much on your side to support such a strong statement as "EDM will be the basement dwellers of the West this coming season".
Posted by: Centacre | Tuesday January 27, 2009, 1:56 pm ET
Centacre - you sound a little touchy. I guess you won't like me telling you that the Stampeders will be more than happy to three-peat in Edmonton!
Posted by: baekeland | Tuesday January 27, 2009, 2:25 pm ET
Back to back Alberta Grey Cup wins for the ESKIMOS! Its happening!

Lumsden the eskimo 2.16.09 believe it
Posted by: eskimos22 | Tuesday January 27, 2009, 10:25 pm ET
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