Promoter wasn’t willing to move date of NFL pre-season game at Mosaic Stadium

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The group who tried to bring an NFL pre-season game to Regina would not budge on the date, according to Sportsnet’s Arash Madani.

“From what I’ve been told there has been no willingness by the folks behind the NFL game to adjust the date. And the Riders have said to them, look, if you want to come in and play Thursday, it’s a pre-season situation, our stadium is open to you. And the Riders were asking why won’t you move it back just one day?” Madani said on 620 CKRM The SportsCage.

“The date of the game, the Friday-Saturday turnaround. You’re talking about less than 24 hours to transform an American field into a Canadian field and that’s really the crux of this whole matter. If they were playing in the same dimensions it’d be an altogether different animal.”

The proposed date of the game was to be held on the evening of Friday, August 23. 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 club said in a statement.

The NFL approved the Raiders relocation to Vegas in March 2017, but the Las Vegas Stadium isn’t scheduled to be completed until 2020. The Raiders lease agreement with the city of Oakland for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum expired after the 2018 season. An agreement for 2019 has been reached between the Raiders and Coliseum officials, but the silver and black franchise had already sought playing a pre-season game in Canada.

“I think we should clarify something here: this is not the NFL, at all, this is not the Raiders either. There is a promoter behind this who has been contracted the rights to find a home,” Madani said.

“The Raiders have gone through a lot of issues over the last year in terms of where they’re going to play regular season games and pre-season games.”