The Saskatchewan Roughriders kick-off the 2021 regular season on the road in Edmonton on Saturday, June 12. A week later, the Riders return to Mosaic Stadium on Father’s Day weekend for the home-opener against the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday, June 19.
“Over the last several months we have done a tremendous amount of work behind-the-scenes to get ready for the green and white to be back on the field for the 2021 season,” Riders president Craig Reynolds said.
“This schedule reflects our ongoing plans to play football next year and how hopeful we are, with the help and guidance of our local health authorities, that our fans will be able to join us back home at Mosaic Stadium.”
A new feature of this year’s schedule is an additional divisional match-up to build regional rivalries while also reducing travel for players. This means that the Riders will face the EE Football Team, the Calgary Stampeders and the B.C. Lions three times this season, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers twice.
The home schedule includes one Thursday night game – on Canada Day, one Friday night game and four family-friendly games that start at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
The Riders will host the Bombers in the annual Labour Day Classic on Sunday, September 5 with a 4 p.m. kickoff, before returning to Winnipeg the next week for the rematch at 2 p.m. on September 11.
The Roughriders’ away schedule has them playing on the road on Friday (three games), and Saturday (six games).
Roughrider schedule notables:
- The Riders will showcase the 2021 hopefuls in their first pre-season game on Friday, May 28 in Winnipeg. The following week the Riders will host the Bombers in their final pre-season match-up on Friday, June 4 at 7 p.m.
- The home opener at Mosaic Stadium will be Saturday, June 19 at 6 p.m. versus the Redblacks. This will be the first time the Riders and the Redblacks will face off in a Rider home opener, but the pair did match up for the second game of the season in 2019 – a 44-41 shootout.
- The Riders will have the opportunity to celebrate Canada Day with fans during its only Thursday night game this season falling on July 1.
- The Riders bye weeks all fall in the second half of the season with breaks slated for Weeks 11, 16 and 21.
- The 2021 schedule won’t keep the team away from home for any long periods of time, in fact, the schedule is an alternating balance of home and away games throughout the whole season.
- Rivalries galore. The Riders will play in three home-and-home series this season, one with Calgary in Weeks 3 and 4, one with Edmonton in Weeks 6 and 7 and once with Winnipeg in Weeks 13 and 14. In addition, all three meetings between the Stamps and the Riders will occur over five weeks between Week 3 and Week 8.
- The changes to scheduling means that the Riders will only play the Ticats once this season, at home at Mosaic Stadium. The Riders will not travel to Tim Horton’s Field.
- The 56th annual Labour Day Classic will be played Sunday, September 5 at 4 p.m. The Riders have won 14 of the last 15 Labour Day matchups and hold a 37-18 advantage through the first 55 meetings.
The Canadian Football League released its complete 2021 ‘comeback’ schedule Friday morning with a full 21-week season that will culminate with the 108th Grey Cup at Tim Horton’s Field in Hamilton.