The CFL is heading back out east for Touchdown Atlantic in 2023 as the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts will play in Halifax on Saturday, July 29.
The regular season game will be played at Huskies Stadium on the campus of Saint Mary’s University with kickoff slated for 4:00 p.m. EDT.
“Touchdown Atlantic brings our fans together in a fun and exciting way,” said CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie in a statement. “It’s our way of showing our friends in Atlantic Canada that they’re an important part of the CFL family — and inviting our fans from across the country to ‘come for the game and stay for a vacation.'”
The CFL hosted the same two teams for Touchdown Atlantic in 2022 with 10,866 fans filling Raymond Field at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S. The game sold out in less than 24 hours and a study found that the event generated more than $12.7 million in economic impact for the province.
“I am thrilled to welcome the CFL back to Halifax for the 2023 Touchdown Atlantic game. This past season we hosted several events that re-introduced fans from across the region and the country to our Atlantic hospitality as a sports city,” said Halifax mayor Mike Savage.
“Halifax is excited to be the host city for the rematch between the Roughriders and the Argonauts. Having the game in Halifax will allow us to give the CFL and its fans an experience that will have them coming back for more.”
Savage spoke with 3DownNation in July and he indicated that there was “no political appetite” for a CFL-specific stadium in Halifax. Regardless, the league has acknowledged its desire to grow beyond nine teams and it appears as though eastern Canada remains a potential candidate for expansion.
The CFL has hosted six previous Touchdown Atlantic events with the first taking place at Huskies Stadium in 2005 with attendance of 11,148. The five subsequent events have taken place outside of Halifax with four being played in Moncton, N.B. and the most recent being played in Wolfville.
Tickets for the event will go on sale in the new year.