The CFL is ready to snap the ball on a new season it announced today.
The league's Board of Governors voted unanimously in favour of moving ahead with a 2021 season on Monday. The league says in a release that beginning on August 5, it will play a 14-game regular season. That means the Grey Cup won't be played until December 12 in Hamilton, Ont.
“This is an exciting day for Canadian football and for Canada itself,” says Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the CFL.
“I want to thank our fans, players, coaches, and partners for their incredible support and patience as we’ve worked together towards this day. This is great news for everyone who loves our game and our country.”
There has been no CFL action since the 2019 Grey Cup, when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 33-12.
“I want to acknowledge our governors for choosing to move forward in this very positive way today, for their perseverance, vision, and our great players, for working with us in a spirit of true partnership,” Ambrosie says in the release.
It's still not clear what the stands might look like, however. The CFL is a "gate-driven" league, relying heavily on revenue from ticket sales for its survival. The full 2021 CFL Schedule will be released on Tuesday, June 15, along with each CFL club’s plan for distributing tickets to season ticket holders and, where government restrictions on stadium capacity allow, ticket sales to the general public.
“Words cannot express how grateful we all are to the health care and frontline workers who have done so much to keep Canada going. We at the CFL want to thank everyone who has chosen to get vaccinated. We encourage everyone to get a first shot, or a second when it is their turn," Ambrosie says.
“The public health officials in every province keep telling us that as long as the vaccination rate keeps climbing, and the number of cases of COVID-19 is contained or goes down, the more life will get back to normal, including full capacities in our stadiums.”
Training camps are slated to begin on July 10.
This is a developing story. More to come.