Logistics held up NFL game in Regina according to Riders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders feel logistics kept the NFL pre-season game between the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers from being played at Mosaic Stadium.

“Contrary to reports, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are not opposed to a potential NFL pre-season game to be held at Mosaic Stadium. The proposed date of the game was to be held on the evening of Friday, August 23,” the Riders said in a statement.

“The club worked collaboratively with Evraz Place, the City of Regina, the Canadian Football League and the National Football League around the potential event. The Canadian Football League and the Roughriders raised concerns that a Friday evening game would not allow for Mosaic Stadium to convert back to the CFL playing standard in time for the Riders regular season game on Saturday, August 24 at 5 p.m.”

“The Riders, along with the Canadian Football League, identified significant risks that the stadium would not be set to provide an outstanding game experience for fans, club sponsors and the league’s broadcast partner in short turnaround time allotted. The Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club continues to be supportive of all events that promote Canada’s premier outdoor stadium. The club would openly support potential alternative dates that did not pose significant risk to previously scheduled Roughrider games and that would work for all parties.”

Earlier Tuesday CJME/CKOM radio host John Gormley reported the possible NFL exhibition game between the Raiders and Packers won’t happen in Regina. The city of Regina and soon-to-be Las Vegas Raiders had been in discussions about the possibility of playing an NFL exhibition contest in the Saskatchewan capital.

Saskatchewan plays at home on August 1 and not again until 23 days later on the 24th. The Raiders and Packers game was slated for the third week of the NFL’s pre-season schedule, which would have fallen the same week the Riders host the Redblacks.

The Raiders-Packers pre-season game could end up in Winnipeg.

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