Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Thursday that Université Laval will host the Vanier Cup in Quebec City in 2009 and 2010.
It will mark the first time in history the CIS football final is played in the province of Quebec and only the second time since the inaugural Canadian College Bowl in 1965 that the event is staged outside of Ontario, following a successful venture in Saskatoon in 2006.
Toronto hosted the first 39 CIS championship games as well as the 2007 title match, while Hamilton was the host in 2004, 2005 and 2008.
The 2009 Vanier Cup final is slated for November 28, while the 2010 game is scheduled for November 27.
"CIS is pleased to be taking the Vanier Cup on a road trip of sorts to a part of the country that is crazy about university football," said CIS Chief Executive Officer, Marg McGregor.
"Laval has earned a well deserved reputation as an excellent host over the years, having organized many outstanding CIS championships, and CIS is confident they will continue their excellent hosting tradition and showcase the Vanier Cup," McGregor added. "The outstanding spectator support for football, the tailgate parties, the intense media interest, the growth of football in the community and school system, and the unique linguistic and cultural elements of Quebec City are all assets Laval brings to the table."
Laval has been the dominant force in CIS football since the program began official competition in 1996. The Rouge et Or defeated the Western Ontario Mustangs 44-21 last month at Ivor Wynne Stadium to capture their fifth national title and move into second place on the all-time list for most Vanier Cup victories, one behind Western.
The Rouge et Or have led the nation in attendance for over a decade. Over the past five years, a total of 449,400 fans witnessed 32 games at the 10,000 seat PEPS Stadium, for an average of 14,044 fans per contest. All 32 games were sell-outs.
Laval plans to add 3,000 temporary seats for the 2009 and 2010 Vanier Cup finals.