B.C. Lions president Rick LeLacheur can see the potential for playing games on the West coast in 2020.
“We’re still looking at trying to get a number of games in, in the fall. I think it’s pretty clear now we’re not going to play this summer. We know the government came out with their restart program. We know we’re in Phase 4 of that and no dates are set,” LeLacheur told Matt Baker from BCLions.com.
“We’re working with the government and health care officials, with B.C. Place. We’d love to get back in and play games in the fall. We’re still looking at the potential of being able to play. Getting a couple games in, or four (at home), that would be great, then hopefully in a shortened season, head to the playoffs.”
The CFL regular season was scheduled to kick-off on Thursday, June 11, but commissioner Randy Ambrosie has stated the schedule won’t start before the beginning of July. And it will be later as various cities have banned large gatherings throughout the summer until September.
“We know with B.C. Place, they’re modelling how we could do it with social distancing, with getting a number of fans in B.C. Place, maybe using both the bottom and top deck,” LeLacheur said.
“Everything is still on the table. We’re just going to have to take it a day, or a week or a month at a time. Unfortunately, that’s the position we’re in.”