100 days to go until historic championship game inMontreal
OTTAWA (CIS) – With exactly 100 days to go before kickoff,Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Thursday the 50th TELUSVanier Cup Tour, which will result in the historic trophy making 15stops on campuses across the country, culminating three months fromnow with the milestone CIS football championship game inMontreal.
The national final is scheduled for Saturday, November 29 at 1p.m. Eastern at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium on the campus ofMcGill University, which also serves as the home of the CFL’sMontreal Alouettes, co-organizers of this year’s TELUS Vanier Cup.It will mark the first-ever staging of the event in the Quebecmetropolis.
“The Vanier Cup is one of the most prestigious and historictrophies in Canadian sport,” said Pierre Lafontaine, chiefexecutive officer of CIS. “This is an outstanding opportunity forus to promote one of our marquee events at the national level.We’re especially excited at the thought of sharing the Cup and allits history with our fans everywhere in Canada.”
The 50th TELUS Vanier Cup Tour gets under way with a bang onSept. 6 with an afternoon-evening doubleheader in Montreal andQuebec City. The trophy will first stop at Concordia University fora 1 p.m. kickoff (vs. Bishop’s) before making its way to theprovincial capital, where the reigning two-time CIS champion LavalRouge et Or will open their title defence against their archrivals,the Montreal Carabins, at 7 p.m.
The Tour will then continue for eight more weekends of regularseason action, including stops in Wolfville, N.S., Ottawa, Calgary,Saskatoon, London, Montreal and Sherbrooke, before it wraps up inNovember with a pair of RSEQ conference playoff games (semifinal& Dunsmore Cup final), the Uteck Bowl national semifinal thatwill see the Canada West champions visit the RSEQ champs, andfinally the TELUS Vanier Cup at Molson Stadium.
At each stage, fans will get a chance to have their photo takenwith the Vanier Cup, interact with key figures of previous Cups andenter a variety of contests.
The Tour schedule currently includes 11 televised games onRadio-Canada, Sportsnet, Shaw and Rogers, with more TV broadcaststo be confirmed shortly. All contests will be streamed live on theweb.
Associated special events include the annual Panda Game betweenOttawa and Carleton at the brand new TD Place at Lansdowne in thenation’s capital, the Dinos Hall of Fame Weekend in Calgary, theHuskies Blackout in Saskatoon, as well as 14th Greenwood Air BaseDay at Acadia University, in Wolfville.
NOTES: For all the information on the Tour and the 50th TELUSVanier Cup, visit www.vaniercup.com … The CISfootball season kicks off on Labour Day with five OUA contests. Thethree other conferences begin league play the followingweekend.
50TH TELUSVANIER CUP TOUR SCHEDULE (local game times – TVinfo)
Sept. 6 Bishop’s at Concordia (1 pm ET – Radio-Canada)
Sept. 6 Montreal at Laval (7 pm ET)
Sept. 13 Saint Mary’s at Acadia (2 pm AT – TBC)
Sept. 20 Ottawa at Carleton (1 pm ET – Rogers Ottawa)
Sept. 26 Manitoba at Calgary (6 pm MT – Shaw)
Oct. 4 UBC at Saskatchewan (7pm CT – Shaw)
Oct. 9 Laurier at Western (7 pm ET – TBC)
Oct. 18 Sherbrooke at McGill (1 pm ET – Radio-Canada)
Oct. 25 Montreal at Bishop’s (1 pm ET – Radio-Canada)
Oct. 25 Concordia at Sherbrooke (4 pm ET)
Nov. 1 Laval at Montreal (1 pm ET – Radio-Canada)
Nov. 8 RSEQ semifinal (TBD – Radio-Canada)
Nov. 15 RSEQ Dunsmore Cup final (1 pm ET – Radio-Canada)
Nov. 22 Uteck Bowl (CW at RSEQ) (12:30 pm ET – Sportsnet& Radio-Canada)
Nov. 29 50th TELUS Vanier Cup (1 pm ET – Sportsnet &Radio-Canada)
About the 50th TELUS Vanier Cup
Canadian Interuniversity Sport will celebrate the 50thanniversary of the TELUS Vanier Cup throughout the 2014 season. Forthe first time in history, the championship game will be staged inMontreal – at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium – on Saturday,November 29, at 1 p.m. ET, live on Sportsnet and Radio-Canada.
Official TELUS Vanier Cup website (including ticket information)www.vaniercup.com
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
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