Hamilton will host the 2023 Grey Cup game, its second in three years.
The Canadian Football League laid out its plan, which was forced to be altered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursday.
The 2021 game is scheduled to be played on Dec. 12 at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario.
Saskatchewan, which was to have hosted the 2020 game, was awarded the 2022 title match. It will be played at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.
“Hamilton has waited 25 years to host another Grey Cup,” CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a news release. “Under this plan, it will host two Grey Cups in three years.”
A full crowd of 24,000, fully vaccinated fans is expected for the 2021 game. Plans for some big-scale complementary events, such as a concert, have been canceled because of COVID-19 protocols.
“We have worked very closely with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and their fellow teams across the country, on this plan,” Ambrosie said.
“It’s exciting, responsible and fair. It delivers an exciting and complete championship game day experience for this year’s Grey Cup game, it responsibly modifies our plan for Grey Cup Week this year due to circumstances beyond our control, and it’s only fair to award another Grey Cup to Hamilton in 2023, so Hamilton gets an opportunity down the road to fully realize its bold and ambitious plans for hosting Grey Cup.”
–Field Level Media