Laval University to host 49th Vanier Cup in November
Laval University Rouge et Or Guillaume Rioux hoist the cup after beating the McMaster University Marauders at the 48th Vanier Cup championship game in Toronto on Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, February 7, 2013 11:53AM EST
OTTAWA -- The Vanier Cup game will return to Quebec City this fall.
Laval University has been selected to host the Canadian university football championship Nov. 23, Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Thursday.
"We are very excited to return to Quebec City for the 2013 Vanier Cup," CIS president Leo MacPherson said in a release. "We are coming off a very successful Vanier Cup and we strongly feel staging the game at Laval next fall is the best way to build on that success and keep the momentum going as we get set to celebrate our 50th anniversary edition in 2014."
The Vanier Cup was previously played at Telus-Universite Laval Stadium in 2009 and 2010.
Laval defeated McMaster 37-14 in the 48th Vanier Cup last November. The game was played at Toronto's Rogers Centre in front of a Vanier Cup-record crowd of 37,098.
It marked the second straight year -- and third time in six years -- that the CIS championship game was held as part of Grey Cup Weekend in partnership with the CFL.
The 2013 Grey Cup game will be played in Regina.
"We truly enjoyed our partnership with the CFL and the Grey Cup Festival. However, due to logistical challenges, a joint venture in Regina next fall was not possible," MacPherson said. "Over the past few months, a number of other CIS member institutions expressed interest in hosting the Vanier Cup and they will look to submit bids in the future.
"Considering Laval's strong interest and track record of hosting successful CIS championships, including many football events, we are confident they will stage another memorable Vanier Cup."