The wait for Canada West football is almost over.
On Monday, the conference announced its 2021 football schedule which features all six teams kicking off the season on September 25.
The Alberta Golden Bears and UBC Thunderbirds will meet in Edmonton on the first Saturday afternoon of the season while the Regina Rams visit the Manitoba Bisons. Fans won’t have to wait long for a rematch of the 2019 Hardy Cup as the defending conference champion Calgary Dinos host the Saskatchewan Huskies in Saturday’s late afternoon matchup.
An alternate format will be used for the 2021 football season. Schools will play a six game regular season schedule that will include one game against each of the other five schools and a second meeting with one school. The home-and-home matchups will be played in Weeks 1 & 7 with UBC, Saskatchewan and Regina drawing hosting duties in the final weekend of the regular season.
- Saturday, September 25: opening night of the 2021 CW football season, with all six teams in action
- Friday, October 1: the only Friday night on the CW schedule features a pair of games — Manitoba at Alberta and Saskatchewan at UBC
- Friday, October 9: conference-wide bye week
- Sunday, October 24: the lone Sunday game on the regular season schedule sees Alberta visit Calgary
- Saturday, November 6: second half of a home-and-home meeting with Week 1 opponents
- November 12-14: Hardy Cup semifinals with dates determined by host field availability
- November 19-21: CW champion crowned at the 84th Hardy Cup with dates determined by host field availability
The playoff format for 2021 will remain the same as previous seasons. The Hardy Cup semifinals are set for the weekend of November 13 with the winners advancing to the 84th Hardy Cup on the weekend of November 20. Due to the variability of hosting protocols at shared stadiums, exact dates for the 84th Hardy Cup and the Hardy Cup semifinals will be confirmed once hosting duties have been earned.
Further details on the Canada West Football Showcase will be unveiled in the coming months.
Fans looking to watch gridiron action on Canada West TV presented by Co-op — the only home for all 21 CW football games — will be able to buy passes beginning in August when 2021-22 packages go on sale to the public.
2021 CANADA WEST FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
- Saturday, Sept. 25: UBC @ ALB / 1:00 p.m. MDT / Foote Field
- Saturday, Sept. 25: REG @ MAN / 2:00 p.m. CDT / Investors Group Field
- Saturday, Sept. 25: SSK @ CGY / 4:00 p.m. MDT / McMahon Stadium
- Friday, Oct. 1: MAN @ ALB / 7:00 p.m. MDT / Foote Field
- Friday, Oct. 1: SSK @ UBC / 7:00 p.m. PDT / Thunderbird Stadium
- Saturday, Oct. 2: CGY @ REG / 2:00 p.m. CST / Mosaic Stadium
WEEK 3 – BYE
- Saturday, Oct. 16: CGY @ MAN / 2:00 p.m. CDT / Investors Group Field
- Saturday, Oct. 16: UBC @ REG / 2:00 p.m. CST / Mosaic Stadium
- Saturday, Oct. 16 ALB @ SSK / 2:00 p.m. CST / Griffiths Stadium
- Saturday, Oct. 23: MAN @ UBC / 1:00 p.m. PDT / Thunderbird Stadium
- Saturday, Oct. 23: REG @ SSK / 2:00 p.m. CST / Griffiths Stadium
- Sunday, Oct. 24: ALB @ CGY / 2:00 p.m. MDT / McMahon Stadium
- Saturday, Oct. 30: REG @ ALB / 1:00 p.m. MDT / Foote Field
- Saturday, Oct. 30: SSK @ MAN / 2:00 p.m. CDT / Investors Group Field
- Saturday, Oct. 30: UBC @ CGY / 2:00 p.m. MDT / McMahon Stadium
- Saturday, Nov. 6: ALB @ UBC / 1:00 p.m. PDT / Thunderbird Stadium
- Saturday, Nov. 6: MAN @ REG / 2:00 p.m. CST / Mosaic Stadium
- Saturday, Nov. 6: CGY @ SSK / 2:00 p.m. CST / Griffiths Stadium
HARDY CUP SEMIS
- Nov 12-14: No. 4 @ No. 1 / No. 3 @ No. 2
84TH HARDY CUP
- Nov 19-21: semifinal winners @ highest remaining seed