Open your calendars and circle August 30th.
That date will mark opening night of the 2019 Canada West football season, as the conference unveiled the schedule for the upcoming season on Tuesday.
Friday, August 30: Opening night of the 2019 CW football season, as Saskatchewan vs. Manitoba, and Calgary vs. Alberta kick things off
Saturday, August 31: Regina visits UBC to close out opening weekend
Friday, September 27: Rematch of last year's Hardy Cup, as Saskatchewan hosts Calgary
Friday, October 25: Regina hosts Manitoba at Leibel Field in the first CW regular season game at the Queen City venue (moved from Mosaic Stadium due to NHL's Heritage Classic)
Saturday, October 26: A pair of games cap the regular season, with Saskatchewan hosting Alberta, and Calgary welcoming UBC
Saturday, November 9: CW champion crowned at the 83rd Hardy Cup.
A pair of Friday night games will kick off the new season, as the defending Hardy Cup champion Saskatchewan Huskies travel to Winnipeg to take on the Manitoba Bisons, while the Alberta Golden bears host the Calgary Dinos in Edmonton. The Regina Rams and UBC Thunderbirds open their seasons the following day with a contest in Vancouver.
Six weeks of conference action are set to unfold before the annual Thanksgiving weekend break (Oct. 12-14), before the regular season eventually culminates on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The Hardy Cup semifinals are set for Saturday, November 2, while the 83rd Hardy Cup is scheduled for Saturday, November 9.
Once again this season, you can catch conference action weekly on the CW Football Showcase on SaskTel, TELUS, and Bell MTS.
The conference’s 2019 television broadcast schedule will be unveiled in the coming months.
Fans looking to watch gridiron action on Canada West TV – the only home for all 27 CW football games – will be able to buy passes beginning in June when 2019-20 packages go on sale to the public.
2019 CANADA WEST FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Friday, Aug. 30: SSK @ MAN / 7:00 p.m. CDT / Investors Group Field
Friday, Aug. 30: CGY @ ALB / 7:00 p.m. MDT / Foote Field
Saturday, Aug. 31: REG @ UBC / 7:00 p.m. PDT / Thunderbird Stadium
* Friday, Sept. 6: UBC @ SSK / 7:00 p.m. CST / Griffiths Stadium
Friday, Sept. 6: ALB @ REG / 7:00 p.m. CST / Mosaic Stadium
* Friday, Sept. 6: MAN @ CGY / 5:30 p.m. MDT / McMahon Stadium
* Friday, Sept. 13: SSK @ REG / 7:00 p.m. CST / Mosaic Stadium
Friday, Sept. 13: MAN @ ALB / 7:00 p.m. MDT / Foote Field
Saturday, Sept. 14: CGY @ UBC / 3:00 p.m. PDT / Thunderbird Stadium
Friday, Sept. 20: REG @ CGY / 7:00 p.m. MDT / McMahon Stadium
* Saturday, Sept. 21: UBC @ MAN / 2:00 p.m. CDT / Investors Group Field
* Saturday, Sept. 21: SSK @ ALB / 1:00 p.m. MDT / Foote Field
Friday, Sept. 27: CGY @ SSK / 7:00 p.m. CST / Griffths Stadium
Saturday, Sept. 28: REG @ MAN / 2:00 p.m. CDT / Investors Group Field
* Saturday, Sept. 28: ALB @ UBC / 3:00 p.m. PDT / Thunderbird Stadium
Friday, Oct. 4: UBC @ REG / 7:00 p.m. CST / Mosaic Stadium
Friday, Oct. 4: MAN @ SSK / 7:00 p.m. CST / Griffiths Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 5: ALB @ CGY / 1:00 p.m. MDT / McMahon Stadium
WEEK 7 – BYE
Saturday, Oct. 19: CGY @ MAN / 2:00 p.m. CDT / Investors Group Field
Saturday, Oct. 19: SSK @ UBC / 3:00 p.m. PDT / Thunderbird Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 19 REG @ ALB / 1:00 p.m. MDT / Foote Field
Friday, Oct. 25: MAN @ REG / 7:00 p.m. CST / Leibel Field
Saturday, Oct. 26: ALB @ SSK / 2:00 p.m. CST / Griffiths Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 26: UBC @ CGY / 3:00 p.m. MDT / McMahon Stadium
NOTE: * denotes special event game.
HARDY CUP SEMIS
Saturday, Nov. 2: No. 4 @ No. 1 / No. 3 @ No. 2
83RD HARDY CUP
Saturday, Nov. 9: semifinal winners @ highest remaining seed