Volume 93, Issue 19

Thursday, September 30, 1999



Waterloo set to join Travel Cuts lawsuit

Referendum motion denied

Third party to mediate negotiation

CSIS gets go-ahead from above

Tourism study to track homecoming cash

Vanier Cup scores rent break


Caught on Campus

Vanier Cup scores rent break

By Leena Kamat
Gazette Staff

The Vanier Cup will be played at the SkyDome for at least two more years, thanks to a recent deal signed with the Toronto sports complex.

George Grant, vice-chair of the Vanier Cup committee and co-owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, said the SkyDome has given the championship event a rent break in return for the two year deal.

Grant refused to give a dollar amount on how much the reduction would save, but said it was significant. He added the price break meant the Vanier Cup would no longer lose money.

A spokesperson at the SkyDome said she could not comment on the deal because it was restricted information only Grant and the committee could divulge.

Grant explained the Vanier Cup committee works with the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union to plan the annual event. The committee works on a voluntary basis and is a non-profit group, which includes a number of CIAU officials. Any profits made during the Vanier Cup would go to the CIAU, he said.

"We're pleased with [the rent break]," Grant said. "It is very fair and responsible of the SkyDome. It shows they are a supporter of university sports."

Grant Gallow, events manager for the Canadian Football League, said anything to promote the Canadian brand of football is a bonus. "I think it is fantastic," he said. "The CIAU works hard to put on high-class events."

Gallow added the CFL championship, the Grey Cup, has not been played at the SkyDome since 1992.

The Grey Cup works on a bidding process where the eight cities of the CFL petition to host the championship game. The CIAU does not use this bidding process since they feel the SkyDome is the best venue for the university football championships, Grant said.

According to Grant, the deal comes with an optional three year extension which will be discussed at a future CIAU meeting.

Larry Haylor, Western's football coach, said he liked the SkyDome field because the retractable roof eliminates problems with the weather. He also added he was happy to find out about the rent decrease. "I think they are trying to say something about university sports. It's a good thing in my view."

The Vanier Cup has been held at the SkyDome since 1989, Haylor said. It is an enormous event and it takes a lot of people to pull it off, he added.

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