Following the announcement from Canada Soccer on Monday, as well as the latest update from the Nova Scotian government on when the province will enter Phase 5, this confirms that this quarterfinal match marks the first game the Wanderers Grounds will be at full capacity since October 2019.
“We are thrilled to welcome CF Montréal to the Wanderers Grounds on September 22nd for a memorable night” said Derek Martin, President and Founder of the Wanderers. “This will be the first game in Phase 5 of the Nova Scotia Reopening plan and we expect a full house of 6,500 fans.”
HFX Wanderers FC advanced in the Canadian Championships after a thrilling 2-1 victory over A.S. Blainville (PLSQ) in front of a sell out crowd at the Wanderers Grounds August 17th. This win advanced the Wanderers to the quarterfinal match against CF Montréal (MLS) in the quest for the Championship and a berth in the 2022 CONCACAF Champions League.
The method to decide who was to host this knockout match was decided by a flip of a coin – yes, literally a flip of a coin that gave each club a 50/50 chance to host the 2nd round of the Canadian Championship. Martin was quick to tease fans with this information after releasing a tweet last Friday which included a GIF of a man flipping a coin in the air.
Prior to the behind-closed-doors flipping of the coin that included a blue side and a yellow side, CF Montréal President Kevin Gilmore had the choice of which colour he wanted, as CF Montréal are the higher seeded team. With both clubs having a blue included in their brand, it was inevitable that Gilmore would choose the blue side, which if the choice were Derek Martin’s, he would have made the same call.
With the anticipation of what could be Halifax’ biggest day in sports history, the coin landed with the yellow side facing up, making it official that the match would be played at the Wanderers Grounds.
Ticketing: Wanderers Season Seat Members will be offered advanced access to game day tickets. Single game tickets will then be available to the general public. Updated ticketing information will be available soon on our websiteand communicated through our social media channels. Follow @hfxwanderersfc to stay up to date on club news.
About Championships: The competition consists of four rounds (regional pairings in the first two rounds). CF Montréal, Forge FC, and Toronto FC enter the tournament in the quarter-finals due to their placements in the 2019 and 2020 editions of the competition. All other teams entered in the preliminary round of the tournament.