Moncton was chosen to host the August 25, 2019 CFL game between Montreal and Toronto in Atlantic Canada. This 2019 version of Touchdown Atlantic is presented by Schooners Sports and Entertainment, the organization working to bring the 10th CFL franchise to Halifax and the maritimes.
With the release of the 2019 CFL schedule, it was revealed a 2019 regular season “Touchdown Atlantic” game would be played in Atlantic Canada, presented by Schooners Sports and Entertainment. Stadé Moncton 2010 Stadium in Moncton was one of the locations being considered to host the game with temporary seating to accommodate 20,000-25,000 fans. Other locations considered include Halifax, St. FX in Antigonish and Saint John, New Brunswick. In addition to a 2019 game, Schooners Sports and Entertainment also wishes to launch the team in Moncton while a stadium is being constructed in Halifax. 2020 has be given as the season target for the new team, though 2021 is more likely considering a franchise wouldn’t be approved until mid-2019 when a possible stadium agreement could be reached in Halifax.
With work started in Halifax in 2017 to develop a plan to develop a stadium and land a franchise, the Mayor of Moncton and Premier of New Brunswick met in June 2018 with the CFL Commissioner and potential Halifax franchise owners to discuss ways Moncton could be involved.
The approximate 10,000 seat Moncton Stadium, host facility for the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics, was expanded to 20,725 seats to host Touchdown Atlantic, a CFL regular season game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Toronto Argonauts on Sept. 26, 2010. The game sold out in just 32 hours that tickets were available in a 24 hour pre-sale before being offered generally. The stadium field is a grass surface with artificial turf in both end zones.
The CFL returned to Moncton for Touchdown Atlantic II and another regular season game on Sept. 25, 2011 between the host Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Calgary Stampeders. Attendance for the game was 20,153 — 820 less than capacity. Due to the 2012 Grey Cup in Toronto and the lack of willing participants to return to Moncton, no game was scheduled for 2012.
The 2013 schedule included a third Touchdown Atlantic with sponsor NAPA on Sat. Sept. 21st, 2013 featuring the Montreal Alouettes at the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. On May 16th ticket sales were announced for May 25th for the general public with 2 pre-sale days for Alouette and Tiger-Cat supporters and CFL Field Pass subscribers. Though the stadium map appeared to be similar to previous years, it became known in Sept. only 16,000 seats were available (approx. 10,000 permanent sideline seats plus 6,000 temporary end zone seats) and approx. 1,000 were unsold. Attendance was announced as 15,123.
Moncton was a stop on the Grey Cup 100 Tour in 2012, along with other Maritime locations.
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