Ticats to kick-off 2021 home schedule on Labour Day against Argos: report

A classic rivalry will be the feature for the first game played in the Hammer at Tim Hortons during the 2021 CFL season.

The Hamilton Spectator’s Steve Milton reportsAlthough the team would not confirm it, The Spectator has learned that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ first home game will be the Labour Day Classic against the Toronto Argonauts, Monday. Sept. 7.

The board of governors voted to approve a 14-game regular season schedule on Monday. CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the BOG was “enthusiastically unanimous” in favour of playing football.

In April, the CFL stressed it would only move forward with a season if it could secure the necessary approvals from governments for its plans to keep players and coaches safe and the green light from governments to allow a significant number of fans to attend games.

“We are on track to receive all of the necessary health and safety approvals, thanks to our tireless medical advisors and staff, and the dedicated government officials who have been working with them,” commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement.

“And while the outlook for fans in the stands varies from province to province, we are confident that process is also on the right track.”

The full 2021 CFL schedule will be released Tuesday along with each team’s plan for distributing tickets to season ticket holders, and where government restrictions on stadium capacity allow, ticket sales to the general public. CFL training camps are scheduled to begin on July 10.

“I want to acknowledge our governors for choosing to move forward in this very positive way today, for their perseverance, vision, and our great players, for working with us in a spirit of true partnership,” Ambrosie said.

“The public health officials in every province keep telling us that as long as the vaccination rate keeps climbing, and the number of cases of COVID-19 is contained or goes down, the more life will get back to normal, including full capacities in our stadiums.”

Opening day on August 5 will mark the first CFL game since the 107th Grey Cup was played on November 24, 2019 — the Ticats lost to the Blue Bombers that day in Calgary.

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