The Grey Cup championship is heading west in 2011. As far west as it can go.
The CFL and B.C. Lions announced on Friday that the 99th Grey Cup Championship would be played in Vancouver.
"We are proud to bring Canada's national championship to the province, but people in Vancouver and right across B.C. know the Grey Cup is much more than our biggest game," said CFL commissioner Mark Cohon on Friday.
"It's a massive celebration of what our teams mean to our communities, what our league means to our country, and what it means to all of us to be proudly Canadian.
"So Vancouver is the perfect venue for our 99th Grey Cup. There is no better example of the strength and relevance of today's CFL than the B.C. Lions, and no one better at hosting Canadians than our friends here in beautiful British Columbia," explained Cohon.
It will mark the 15th time the city has hosted the CFL's prestigious championship game.
The last time Vancouver hosted the Grey Cup was 2005, when the Edmonton Eskimos beat the Montreal Alouettes 38-35 in overtime. Fifty years earlier in 1955, it was the same two teams squaring off when Vancouver housed the big game for the very first time. The Eskimos also won that contest 34-19.
"Hosting the Grey Cup is another opportunity to showcase our province and communities, to generate new economic activity, and to create local jobs," said British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell.
Just this past Tuesday, it was announced that Edmonton will be hosting the Grey Cup in 2010.
Calgary is the host of this year's edition.
In the 2008 game, the Calgary Stampeders beat the Montreal Alouettes 22-14 in Montreal.