The Toronto Argonauts and the rest of the Canadian Football League will be playing football in 2021.
The league will play an abbreviated 14-game regular-season, followed by two weekends of playoff rounds, division semi-finals and division finals, culminating in the 108th Grey Cup set to take place on December 12th in Hamilton.
For the first time in 644 days the Toronto Argonauts will be playing in a regular-season game when they open their 2021 schedule on the road in Calgary to take on the Stampeders at McMahon Stadium on Saturday, August 7th at 7:00 p.m. ET. This marks the first time the Argos have opened their season against the Stamps since 2011, a 23-21 win that season.
The Double Blue will play a home game at the friendly confines of BMO Field for the first time in 665 days when they welcome the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to town on Saturday, August 21st for a 4:00 p.m. tilt. You have to go all the way back to 1997 to find the last time the Argos have opened up their home schedule against the Bombers, a 38-23 win for Doug Flutie, Pinball Clemons and company at SkyDome.
Highlights from the 2021 home schedule:
- Toronto will play five of their seven home games at BMO Field at night (7:30 p.m.); Three on Friday nights and one each on a Thursday and Wednesday night. The two remaining BMO Field home games will be late afternoon kickoffs, both slated for Saturdays at 4 p.m.
- The home opener against Calgary will be Head Coach Ryan Dinwiddie’s long-awaited debut after being hired to lead the Argos in December of 2019. His first introduction as a Head Coach will come against his former team, Calgary, with whom he coached quarterbacks from 2016-2019,
- The second-to-last home game of the year will be a spooky affair as Toronto plays host to B.C. on Halloween weekend, October 30th. The last time the Argos played on actual Halloween day was back in 1993 when they hosted Saskatchewan at SkyDome.
- Four of Toronto’s final five home games will come against East Division rivals and the Boatmen will wrap up their regular-season at home vs. Hamilton on November 12th at 7:30 p.m.
Additional notes from the full schedule:
- The September 6th game vs. Hamilton will be the 50th chapter of the Labour Day Classic between the two rivals.
- The Boatmen will play Hamilton four times in one regular season for the first time since 2012, going 3-1 and eventually winning the Grey Cup on home soil that year.
- Toronto will be part of the Thanksgiving Classic when they travel to Hamilton on Monday, October 11th for a turkey day tilt at 4:00 p.m. TheArgos haven’t played on Thanksgiving since 2016 but they are no strangers to the holiday, playing in the Monday classic five times from 2011-2016.
- The Argos will play four straight games against West Division opponents (Calgary, Winnipeg twice and Edmonton) to open their season for the first time since 2010, going 3-1 that season.
- Three of Toronto’s seven away games will be played on Friday nights with the remaining four seeing two played on Saturdays and two Monday games.
- Bye weeks in Week 9, Week 11 and Week 16. One of two teams (Ottawa) with three bye weeks this season.
While protocols for the return of fans to BMO Field has not yet been determined by government and public health officials, MLSE continues to work closely with all levels of government to ensure a return as soon as it is safe to do so and will provide updates when available.