B.C. Lions president Rick LeLacheur has indicated a 2021 CFL schedule will be finalized in the near future.
The three-down league delayed its start date with a 14-game schedule targeted to kick-off on August 5, culminating in a currently planned December 12 Grey Cup.
“The CFL has a target date of August 5 to kick off the 2021 campaign. A 14-game regular season schedule will be announced in the coming days,” LeLacheur said in a statement.
For the timeline to be met, the league requires ‘a significant number of fans’ to be allowed in stadiums by municipal, provincial, and federal governments. After the announcement on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 25 by Dr. Bonnie Henry and the British Columbia government to reopen the province, LeLacheur was upbeat about the possibility of a season.
“As a football club, we are very encouraged by both today’s announcements and the fact case numbers in British Columbia continue to decline. As we’ve stated all along, our goal is to host as many fans as we can beginning with our home opener,” LeLacheur said in a statement.
“We will continue to monitor developments over the next several weeks and work with Provincial Health Officials with the goal of welcoming back our great fans to BC Place in the safest manner possible.”
The league and union began meetings during the second week of February with a focus on playing football this year. The two sides have submitted return to play health and safety plans to various levels of government in Canada and are working to finalize the protocols with six provinces before getting the final stamp from the nation’s capital