Official: Winnipeg hosting NFL pre-season game between Raiders and Packers

It’s official the Oakland Raiders will host the Green Bay Packers in Winnipeg for an NFL pre-season Week 3 game on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

The contest, scheduled for 7 p.m. central time kickoff at IG Field, is the first-ever game north of the border for the Raiders.

Over the previous six months, the Raiders have worked with On Ice Entertainment to locate and establish a host site for the first NFL game in Canada since the Buffalo Bills played games at Toronto’s Rogers Centre each year from 2008-13. The game will also make the Raiders, who will host the Chicago Bears at Tottenham Stadium in London on October 6, the first-ever NFL team to play games in three different nations in a single season.

“This event could not be staged without the great assistance and support of Wade Miller (president & CEO, Winnipeg Blue Bombers), his entire staff and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. We also want to acknowledge and thank the cites of Edmonton and Regina for their time and efforts during this process,” John Graham, president of On Ice Entertainment, said in a statement.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public Saturday, June 8th at 10:00 a.m. Ticket prices, which are determined by On Ice Entertainment, range from $75.00 to $375 CDN.

“We look forward to NFL and CFL fans alike joining us this August for this special sporting event at IG Field as we showcase our great stadium and the city’s passion for the sport of football,” Miller said in a statement.

After it was known Regina exited the running to host the NFL pre-season game, the Blue Bombers said “the Winnipeg Football Club is always exploring opportunities to host events at Investors Group Field.”

That has led to Winnipeg hosting an NFL game for the first time ever.

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