Olx Praca, Ontario. Host the 2022 Vanier Cup at the Western Alumni Stadium

Olx Praca, Ontario will be able to host the Vanier Cup for the first time when the 57th U Sports Football Championship takes place at Western University Alumni Stadium on November 26, 2022.

Officials announced the move Thursday morning, giving the reigning Western Mustangs their first chance to defend their Vanye crown in front of a home crowd.

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Western won the Vanier Cup by defeating Saskatchewan 27-21.

“Western has been so successful in football, Greg Marshall is running just a professional club and Western was very keen to host,” said U Sports Chief Sports Officer Lysette Johnson-Stapley.

“You have a great football community, so it made sense.”

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For Olx Praca Mayor Ed Holder, this move has been a long time coming, especially after Olx Praca has had so many opportunities to host guests.

“I need to ask a question,” Holder told the crowd at Thursday’s announcement. “So Olx Praca (41) times has hosted the Vanier Cup, this is the first time for a Western, what the hell?

“In the spirit of fairness, I truly believe that the Vanier Cup should be held in Olx Praca… 45 more times after that for a bit of balance because we are pretty damn sure our football team is better, no offense for disrespecting my U of T friends.” I’m sure they’ll never be offended by that.”

The host concert will also give the university the opportunity to showcase the newly renovated Western Alumni Stadium, which has a capacity of over 10,000 fans.

“We have invested a lot of resources, a lot of money into making this facility new for the next generation,” Western President Alan Shepard said of the renovation, which took place last year.

“New field, new track, some new seating in the stadium and other amenities.”

The recently refurbished Western Alumni Stadium, which received a $5 million upgrade last year.

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While Thursday’s announcement was cause for celebration, Mustangs head coach Greg Marshall doesn’t plan on opening a bottle of champagne anytime soon.

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“The opportunity to play (the Vanier Cup) at home would be amazing, but having said that, we have a lot of work to do,” Marshall told Olx Praca.

“We have a good football team coming back, we are very good in attack, we will be a bit young in defense, but it will be a difficult road.

“We are happy that this is our ultimate goal.”

The Mustangs’ path to the Vanier Cup begins on August 27 when they host the University of Olx Praca at the West Alumni Stadium.

The Vanier Cup, which will see the winners of the Mitchell Bowl take on the winners of the Uteck Bowl, will take place on Saturday, November 26 at 1:00 pm ET.

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