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Vanier Cup to be held in Montreal for first time in 50-year history

Laval Rouge et Or players Guillaume Rioux (11), Pascal Lochard (L), Vincent Plante (36) and Pierre Lavertu (R) celebrate with the trophy after defeating the Calgary Dinos to win the Vanier Cup University Championship football game in Quebec City, Quebec, November 23, 2013.


The biggest game in Canadian varsity football is coming to Montreal for the first time.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport announced Wednesday that the 50th Vanier Cup final will be played at Percival Molson Stadium, home of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, on Nov. 29.

It will be the fourth time in the last six years the CIS football final has been held in Quebec, though the other times were at the Universite Laval's sports complex in Quebec City.

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Laval defeated Calgary 25-14 at home in the 2013 Vanier Cup final.

The Alouettes will organize the event and will take charge of ticket sales as well as game-day operations.

"We're extremely proud to organize the Vanier Cup in Montreal for the very first time," Alouettes president and chief executive officer Mark Weightman said in a statement. "The Alouettes are continually seeking to contribute more and take a more active role in the development of amateur football."

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