VANCOUVER - Less than two years ago, the B.C. Lions were holding the Grey Cup high over their heads at BC Place, becoming just the first team since 1994 to capture the CFL title at home.
Two years from now, they’ll have the chance to do it all over again.
The CFL officially announced Friday that B.C. has been awarded the 102nd edition of the annual football classic in 2014.
It will mark the 16th time Vancouver will host the event, dating back to 1955 when they held the 43rd Grey Cup game at Empire Stadium
The announcement also means the two David Braley-owned teams will have hosted the championship game three times in four years — after the Toronto Argonauts also won in 2012 at the Rogers Centre.
The province of B.C. will contribute a reported $2.7 million for the event, with the rest of the expenses coming from Braley. Last time around, the Grey Cup game and festival generated $118-milion for the economy and the Canadian senator believes the 2014 event will bring in closer to $150 million.
“We’re going to try and raise the bar again and sell the convention centre and sell our city all across the country,” Braley said. “Let’s get the Cup underway and let’s start selling tickets.”
The 2013 Grey Cup will be held in Regina, Sask., on Nov. 24.