BC Lions training camp kicks off July 11
For the first time in 21 months, the BC Lions will come together to play football.
The 2021 Canadian Football League team training camp kicks off this weekend, with the first training scheduled for Sunday, July 11 at Hillside Stadium.
There has been no CFL action since Winnipeg defeated Hamilton 33-12 in the Gray Cup game on November 24, 2019. The pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 season and the postponement of the start of the season. 2021 campaign.
Due to federal health regulations related to COVID-19, the first week of practice (July 11 to July 17) will be closed to the public.
Media interviews will be conducted remotely every day, using the Zoom platform.
Training camp will take place July 11-30, when the Lions leave Kamloops for Vancouver.
There will be 21 practices and three team scrums – July 17, 24 and 29.
Due to the truncated 14-game CFL season (four games short of normal), there are no preseason games this season.
The Lions kick off the season with two road games – August 6 in Saskatchewan and August 12 in Calgary – before hosting Edmonton at BC Place Stadium on August 19.
The division semifinals will be played on November 28, and the division finals will follow on December 5, culminating with the Gray Cup game on December 12 in Hamilton.
The Lions enter the 2021 season with a major overhaul, from ownership to training to roster.
Owner David Braley passed away in October 2020 and the team is in his family estate as new owners are sought.
Head coach Rick Campbell begins his tenure this year, succeeding DeVone Claybrooks, who was fired after the 2019 season, his first and only with the Lions, in which the club missed the playoffs with a record of 5-13.
The Lions will welcome 100 players to training camp, including linebacker Jordan Williams, the team’s first pick in the 2020 CFL Draft and Nathan Rourke, a Canadian quarterback who shone during his university studies from Ohio.