The road to the 80th Hardy Cup kicks off Thursday, September 1 in Winnipeg, as the Manitoba Bisons host the Calgary Dinos in the opener of the 2016 Canada West football season
A total of 24 conference regular season games along with a trio of Hardy Cup playoff games are on the 2016 schedule, as the Canada West football schedule was released Wednesday.
The defending Hardy and Vanier Cup champion UBC Thunderbirds enter the season looking to become the first Canada West team to repeat as national champions since the 1969-1970 Manitoba Bisons.
The T-Birds open the season at home against the Alberta Golden Bears on Saturday, September 3, while the other Week 1 matchup features the Saskatchewan Huskies hosting the Regina Rams Friday, September 2 under the lights of Griffiths Stadium.
The regular season schedule concludes Saturday, October 29 before the Hardy Cup semis on Saturday, November 5 and finally the 80th edition of the Hardy Cup a week later on Saturday, November 12.
In addition to the Hardy Cup, Canada West is the proud host of the 2016 Mitchell Bowl, as the Hardy Cup champion will welcome the Atlantic University Sport champion in the CIS national semifinal game, with a spot in the 52nd Vanier Cup in Hamilton, Ont. (November 26) on the line.
Once again this season all 27 conference football games can be seen live on Canadawest.tv – the official streaming home of every Canada West regular season and playoff event.
In addition to Canadawest.tv's full football coverage, 2016 marks the 10th season of Krown Produce Canada West Football on Shaw. The Canada West football television schedule is set to be released later this spring.
The complete schedule can be found here