MONCTON, N.B. - The Toronto Argonauts are going to call New Brunswick home for one game next season.
The CFL team will host a regular-season game at the University of Moncton's new track stadium in September 2010. An opponent wasn't immediately announced, although commissioner Mark Cohon said it would likely be one of the league's Western teams.
It will be the first time a regular season game is held in Atlantic Canada.
"It's an exciting day and an historic day for the CFL," Cohon said in making the announcement at a news conference.
Roughly 10,000 seats will be added to the stadium to double its capacity.
The league plans to hold other events around the game to turn it into a "mini Grey Cup." University and high school games could be featured that week along with a parade and some parties.
"Our intention is really to create a celebration of football," said Cohon.
Even though it will be the first time the CFL has played a game in Moncton, it's not the league's first trip to the Maritimes. The Argos and Hamilton Tiger-Cats played an exhibition game in Halifax in 2005.
Also Thursday, the Argonauts unveiled their 2010 season ticket packages, dropping prices across the board on a per game basis.
The most expensive ticket will be $70 - down 16 per cent from this season - while the cheapest will be $17.90, a 46 per cent reduction.
The team made the move after conducting focus groups and listening to fan feedback.
"We are pleased to continue to deliver the best impact for your entertainment dollar in Toronto pro sports," said Argos president Bob Nicholson. "We recognize that many of our season ticket holders have faced tough economic times and have responded by reducing our 2010 season ticket prices. Our fans are integral to everything we do as an organization and we pride ourselves on bringing them great value."
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