U SPORTS is pleased to announce that Western University and the City of London, Ontario have been awarded the rights to host the 2022 Vanier Cup at Western Alumni Stadium on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
The 57thth edition of the Vanier Cup is the first U SPORTS football championship be contested in the forest town. London has become that seventh host city the Canadian varsity soccer championship since its inception in 1965. The Vanier Cup has been played 41 times in Toronto, seven times in Quebec City, five times in Hamilton and once in Vancouver, Montreal and Saskatoon.
It’s the for the second time in history that the defending Vanier Cup champion has the potential to defend his crown on home soil after the Mustangs won the 2021 championship 27-21 against the Saskatchewan Huskies last December. Laval was the only program to successfully defend its title in front of its home fans as they lifted the trophy at Stade Telus-UL in 2013.
“U SPORTS is thrilled to be working with the City of London, Tourism London and Western University to celebrate this 57thth Edition of the Vanier Cup. London and Western offer participating teams and fans excellent accommodation, restaurants and sports facilities. We know guests traveling to the Vanier Cup 2022 will have an unforgettable experience and we can’t wait for kick-off on November 26th!”
Lisette Johnson-Stapley – Head of Sport at U SPORTS
One of the many benefits of hosting the game at Western is the institution’s long history of sporting excellence. The Mustangs football team has played a record 15 Vanier Cup games, lifting the cup eight times.
“It’s just wonderful to host the Vanier Cup,” he says Alan Shepard, President of Western University. “We are excited for the opportunity to celebrate Western’s proud football heritage, showcase all the great things our university and city have to offer, and welcome fans from far and wide to the newly renovated Western Alumni Stadium – with a CFL regulation size playing surface and seating for over ten thousand spectators.”
The 2022 Vanier Cup partnership is an extension of a collaboration between U SPORTS, Western University and the City of London, which will also see the City host FISU World University Rowing Championships 2023 next July.
“Tourism London is delighted to partner with U SPORTS and Western to bring the Vanier Cup to London for the first time,” he said Zanth Jarvis, Director of Sports Tourism at Tourism London. “Hosting an event of this caliber continues to distinguish London as a premier sporting events destination in Canada while making 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 Vanier Cup 2022.”
U SPORTS also unveiled the 2022 Vanier Cup Championship logo, which incorporates a local landmark into the championship’s visual identity. This year’s emblem shows the Middlesex Memorial Tower at University Collegea centuries-old memorial dedicated to the fallen Canadian soldiers from Middlesex County who died in World War I.
The Vanier Cup 2022 is a showdown between the Uteck and Mitchell Bowl National Semifinals Winner on Saturday November 19th. the Mitchell bowl Pits the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) Dunsmore Cup Champions vs. Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Yates Cup champions. At the same time the Uteck bowl see Atlantic University Sports (OUT) Jewett Trophy Winners Receive Canada West (cw) Hardy Cup champions.
The 2022 edition of the Vanier Cup will be broadcast in English by CBC sport and in French from TVA sportsin addition to availability on the digital platforms of both broadcasters.
More event information, including the start of ticket sales, will be announced in the coming weeks. Fans can visit VanierCup.com for more details.