Western News – Western to host 2022 Vanier Cup
The Western Mustangs could have a chance to defend their Vanier Cup title on home soil when the 57e edition of the championship game is coming to London, Ontario for the first time this fall.
At a press conference today, U Sports officially announced that Western and the City of London have been awarded the right to host the game at Western Alumni Stadium on Saturday November 26.
“U Sports is delighted to partner with the City of London, Tourism London and Western University to present this 57th edition of the Vanier Cup,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Director of Athletics for U Sports. “London and Western offer participating teams and fans exceptional accommodation, dining and sports facilities. We know guests heading to the 2022 Vanier Cup will have a memorable experience, and we can’t wait for it to kick off on November 26!
The The Mustangs Football Team played a record 15 Vanier Cup games, wielding the chalice eight times, the most recent in 2021 when they beat the Saskatchewan Huskies 27-21.
Hosting the first-ever U Sports London Football Championship now adds to Western’s long history of sporting excellence.
“It’s just wonderful to host the Vanier Cup,” said Western President Alan Shepard. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate Western’s proud football tradition, showcase all the great things our university and city have to offer, and welcome fans from near and far to the new recently renovated building. West Alumni Stadium – with a playing surface of CFL regulation dimensions and seats that can accommodate more than ten thousand spectators.
The stadium is well equipped to host the league match, after a series of updates and improvements over the past yearincluding the installation of a new purple track, new state-of-the-art grass pitch and new lights and bleachers.
The 2022 Vanier Cup partnership is an extension of a collaboration between U Sports, Western and the City of London which will also see the city host the 2023 FISU World University Rowing Championships next July.
Zanth Jarvis, director of sports tourism at Tourism London, said his team was delighted to partner with U Sports and Western to bring the Vanier Cup to London for the first time. “Hosting an event of this caliber continues to showcase London as a premier sporting destination in Canada, while having a significant economic impact on our community. We look forward to showcasing London’s history and passion for football as we welcome fans to the 2022 Vanier Cup.”
Today’s announcement also included the unveiling of the 2022 Vanier Cup championship logo, featuring an emblem of the Middlesex Memorial Tower at University College, a century-old monument dedicated to fallen Canadian military personnel from Middlesex County who died during WWI.
The Vanier Cup is a confrontation between the Uteck and Mitchell Bowl winners of the national semi-finals. The Mitchell Cup will pit the Dunsmore Cup champions of the Quebec Student Sports Network against the Yates Cup champions of Ontario University Athletics. At the same time, the Uteck Bowl will see Atlantic University Sport’s Jewett Trophy winners host the Canada West Hardy Cup champions.
The 2022 edition of the Vanier Cup will be broadcast in English by CBC Sports and in French by TVA Sports and will be available on the digital platforms of both broadcasters.