Saskatchewan vs. Toronto game postponed to Sunday due to Riders’ COVID outbreak

Photo courtesy: Saskatchewan Roughriders/Derek Mortensen/Electric Umbrella

The matchup between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts originally scheduled for Saturday, July 23 at Mosaic Stadium in Regina has been postponed to Sunday, July 24 at 5 p.m. following an outbreak of COVID-19.

The Riders had been forced to cancel practice on Tuesday and Wednesday due to a rash of positive cases, with at least 10 players now in COVID protocol. Riders’ general manager Jeremy O’Day had indicated that his team could not play with only one practice this week.

“To have to move our game is a worst-case scenario for us and something we never want to have to do,” Roughriders’ president and CEO Craig Reynolds said in a statement.

“We know that our fans often plan to attend Rider games weeks and months in advance and there can be a lot of travel and logistics involved in that decision. For that, we are truly sorry, but we hope by keeping the game on the same weekend and moving it to Sunday our fans will still be able to make it out to enjoy Family Day at Mosaic Stadium.”

The team plans to have nearly all of the same “Family Day” promotion at Mosaic on Sunday as were originally scheduled. Those with tickets for the July 23 game will automatically have their tickets moved to July 24. No action is required on the part of the ticket holder.

“We have had an unfortunate reminder that COVID-19 is still a reality in our lives, but we will put our best foot forward when we play Sunday night,” said Reynolds. “Family Day is one of my favourite games every year, and I can’t wait to have our fans there to cheer us on.”

This is just the second game postponed by the CFL due to COVID-19 since the league resumed play last year. The first was due to an outbreak on the Edmonton Elks in 2019, with the Toronto Argonauts also being the affected opponent.