About 300-400 Saskatchewan Roughrider fans turned up for a town-hall meeting featuring CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie.
Ambrosie has been crossing the country doing similar events in CFL cities in an initiative called “Randy’s Road Trip”.
Ambrosie told the crowd several things including plans for a national kids day to get the younger demographic started in their engagement of the CFL and that all referee crews will be the same this year in an effort to develop consistency which will hopefully alleviate complaints.
When asked about when the new home of the Riders will host its first Grey Cup, Ambrosie would not say a lot but he did say the league has finalized bids for the 2019 game with an announcement coming as to what city will host before the end of March. As for 2020, Ambrosie says the bid process will start shortly after the announcement of the 2019 game because he wants cities to have more time when it comes to planning and that they may have to work two dates because of the scheduling issue which he continues to weigh and it will give teams more time to make the week-long festival bigger and stronger.
He adds fans in Eastern Canada have indicated they would like to see the Grey Cup game itself played earlier in the day instead of at night so it is more family-friendly.
Ambrosie also told those in attendance that events like the one held Saturday that the quest to build a bigger, stronger CFL is underway with fans input needed to help achieve the growth and success league wants.