Prior to any Touchdown Atlantic events in Moncton, prior to Halifax hosting a CFL pre-season game in 2005, Saint John hosted the first and second CFL pre-season contests in the maritime region in 1986 and 1987 at Jeux Canada Games Stadium. The 5,000 seat stadium was expanded to 10,000 for games featuring Montreal and attracted an overcapacity crowd of 11,463 in the first year and 8,000 in the second year in the rain.
With the CFL looking for a host stadium for the 2019 Touchdown Atlantic regular season game, Saint John representatives are making a case for Saint John and Canada Games Stadium to be considered in the conversation. The result is the planners expanding sites under consideration to include Saint John.
The stadium opened in 1985 on the campus of the University of New Brunswick Saint John. The stadium is capable of having 20,000 temporary seats added to the permanent capacity of 5,000 for a total capacity of 25,000.