Despite the uncertainty surrounding the state of professional sports in 2021, the Canadian Football League unveiled its return to play in June, which concludes with the 108th Grey Cup in Hamilton on Nov. 21.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are scheduled to kick-off the 2021 season with a 2019 Grey Cup rematch against the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg on Thursday, Jun 10.
The Ticats are slated to play their home opener on Thursday, June 24 against the Toronto Argonauts at Tim Hortons Field.
The Labour Classic returns to Hamilton on Sept. 6 when the Argos make the trip.
“We are looking forward to the 2021 CFL season and we’re very excited about our schedule. In particular our home schedule for the best and most loyal fans and partners in the CFL,” said Chief Executive Officer of the Tiger-Cats, Scott Mitchell.
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“Seven of our nine regular season home games are on a Friday or Saturday – two in the afternoon – and of course we have the Labour Day Classic, Canadian Football Hall of Fame Game (Aug. 7 vs. Calgary) and Wall of Honour Game (TBD) returning as well. All of this capped by what will surely be a historic and incredibly memorable return of the Grey Cup in 2021 at Tim Hortons Field on November 21st.”
In 2021, every CFL team has an additional divisional match-up per team “to build regional rivalries while reducing travel for players,” according to the league. As a result, the Tiger-Cats will also host the Ottawa Redblacks twice in 2021 in addition to the two Argos home games, but will not host the Saskatchewan Roughriders or visit the BC Lions.
2021 Hamilton Tiger-Cats schedule