Coming back from COVID-19: CFL comeback schedule for 2021 season

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The Canadian Football League is planning to return to play in 2021 with a full slate of games that kicks off June 10 and concludes with the 108th Grey Cup in Hamilton on November 21.

“We’re looking forward to hosting our comeback season in our stadiums, in front of our fans,” commissioner Randy Ambrosie said.

“With this schedule, we’re signalling that we’re looking forward with optimism to playing in 2021.”

Highlights of the 2021 schedule include:

  • A rematch of the 2019 Grey Cup to kick off the regular season, with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats visiting the defending champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday, June 10.
  • An additional divisional match-up per team to build regional rivalries while reducing travel for players.
  • A full slate of classic match-ups on Labour Day Weekend, with the Montreal Alouettes visiting the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday, September 3, the Saskatchewan Roughriders hosting the Bombers on Sunday, September 5, and a doubleheader on the holiday, Monday, September 6, with the Toronto Argonauts visiting Hamilton and the Edmonton Football Club visiting the Calgary Stampeders.
  • Thanksgiving football is back on Monday, October 11 when the Redblacks visit the Alouettes.
  • A regular season finale on Saturday, October 30 that features two divisional matchups which could decide playoff seeding, with the Alouettes in Toronto and Edmonton visiting the Bombers.
  • Playoffs on Sunday, November 7 and Sunday, November 14 leading to the 108th Grey Cup in Hamilton on Sunday, November 21.

“As we look forward to a new season, we are encouraged by the reports about vaccines, treatments and rapid testing in the news. We will continue to work with our local public health authorities in 2021,” Ambrosie said.

“We thank our fans, partners and broadcasters for their continuing support and look forward to enjoying great Canadian football with them.”

All games will be broadcast in Canada on TSN. Montreal Alouette games and select CFL games will be also shown on RDS. CFL games are broadcast in the United States by ESPN.