Canada will never have an NFL team. Perhaps an exhibition game or a pre-season matchup between two NFL teams (with unusual field dimensions), but never an NFL team vs. a CFL team. The only way an NFL team could come to Canada is if the league decides to expand and brings a team here. But right now there are 20 franchises in the NFL and none of them are plans to add another team.
The Canadian Football League (CFL) is still looking for its first victory over an American football team. They have tried (and failed) three times already against the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes. The last time was in 2007 when the Argonauts beat the Alouettes 26-6 at Rogers Centre. That's four straight losses for the CFL's only professional team.
In order for Canada to have an NFL team, the Ottawa Senators would have to move to another city. No city in Canada has been announced as a possible new home for an NFL team, although a group from Memphis has expressed interest in bringing an NFL franchise to their city.
The Green Bay Packers are one of six current NFL teams that have won more than one Super Bowl title. The others are the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.
There are two NFL clubs on the Canadian border (Buffalo and Detroit), therefore they have teams close. The Buffalo Bills play two home games in Toronto each season, therefore that's 25 percent of a team. In addition, every major population center in Canada has a CFL franchise. So collectively, Canadians are divided about evenly between the two professional football leagues.
The original Winnipeg Blue Bombers were established in 1914 and played their home games at Taylor Field. The team moved to Cleveland after only one season because no stadium could be found in Winnipeg sufficient for American football standards. They replaced them with an expansion team named the Browns who played for one season before also moving back to Winnipeg where they remain today.
In 1972, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats joined the NFL as an expansion team. They originally played their home games at UBC Stadium but now play all of their games at Ivor Wynne Stadium which opened in 2003. The Tiger-Cats are one of three teams that have never relocated (the others being the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
The Montreal Alouettes began playing in 1966 when they were awarded a then-expansion team by its parent league, the NFL. They originally played their home games at Olympic Stadium but now play all of their games at Olympic Park which opened in 2014. Like the Tiger-Cats, the Alouettes have never relocated.
What has the NFL done in the past in Canada? Since 1990, the NFL has established a marketing arm, NFL Canada, and has staged four exhibition games here—two in Toronto, one in Montreal, and one in Vancouver. The league is about to announce a regular-season game in Toronto, maybe in 2008 or 2009. Where would they be playing? Ah, that's right: BMO Field!
BMO Field is a football stadium located in Toronto, Ontario. It is the home of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) and was built as the main stadium for the 2002 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament. The stadium holds 55,000 people and it is one of the most popular sports venues in Canada.
It opened its doors to the public on June 15, 2003. The Toronto Raptors of the NBA played their first three seasons at Air Canada Centre while BMO Field was being built at a cost of $150 million. When the Argos play there this season, it will be the first time since 2004 that the team has played a regular-season game outside of Ontario.
The NFL has also held two preseason games in Montreal, both against American teams. One was played at Tulane Stadium and one was played at Olympic Stadium. Both games were won by the visiting Americans.
In Vancouver, the NFL has held two preseason games too. The first one was played at BC Place and it was a loss for the American team.
The USFL (a rival league to the NFL) planned to establish a football club in Canada in the 1980s. The Canadian government approved legislation prohibiting the establishment of an American football franchise in Canada as long as the CFL existed. When the USFL failed, the Toronto Argonauts remained in the CFL while Montreal Alouettes joined the new league.
With no other major professional sports teams in Montreal, the Alouettes have not been successful on the field and have had financial problems. The team has had several name changes and relocations during its history.
Currently, the only pro football team in Canada is the Calgary Stampeders of the West Division of the NFL. Before they started winning games, the Stampeders were known for their offensive line which consisted of many players who were either injured or suspended throughout most of their history. The team now has one of the best lines in football and they are starting to get more attention from fans and media members.
There have been attempts to start a CFL team in other cities such as Hamilton, Nova Scotia but none have succeeded yet.
In 2014, Montreal's Olympic Stadium hosted the opening game of the FIFA World Cup. The Alouettes played Brazil in a match that ended in a 29-29 tie after three quarters of play.