Riders, Ticats CFL season opener start time moved up because of Raptors NBA Finals Game 6

The Canadian Football League is moving up the start time of the June 13 regular -season-opening game in Hamilton between the Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders to 7 p.m. easter time from 7:30 p.m.

“Our regular season opener is fast approaching and the nation has rallied around the Raptors in their drive to win the NBA Championship! This new 7 p.m. ET start time allows our fans to enjoy our first regular season game of the year and still catch most of Game Six of the NBA Finals, both of which air live on TSN,” the CFL said in a statement.

During the game, select televisions around Tim Hortons Field will switch to the beginning of Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors at 9 p.m. The Ticats are going to open the gates to the public following the conclusion of the team’s home opener for fans and community members to view the remainder of TSN’s live broadcast of the Raptors game for free. The entire stadium, including the field itself, will be accessible for everyone to watch the remainder of the game on the team’s 3,400 square foot video board.

“It’s a very exciting time to be a sports fan in Canada with the start of the CFL season and the Toronto Raptors making their mark on Canadian sports history with this amazing run,” Matt Afinec, Ticats president and COO , said in a statement

“With our home opener aligning with Game 6 of the NBA Finals, there’s no better way to celebrate than to open the gates at Tim Hortons Field after the Ticats game and create our version of ‘Jurassic Park’ at Tim Hortons Field.”

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