After cancelling the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian football fans finally have games to look forward to in the new year.
The Canadian Football League (CFL) released its 2021 schedule, Friday, November 20, with the next regular season slated to begin next June.
The Ottawa Redblacks kick off their 2021 season, hosting the Montreal Alouettes under the lights at TD Place on Friday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.
The Redblacks are set to host five Friday night games next year, with four start times at 7:30 p.m. and a single 7 p.m. start on the last game of the regular season, October 29 against the BC Lions.
There will also be three Saturday games at TD Place next year, with one 7 p.m. matchup and two 4 p.m. afternoon games; against Edmonton, on August 28; and Saskatchewan on October 16.
Ottawa’s only Thursday night home game of the season lands on August 5, as Redblacks' Head Coach Paul LaPolice takes on his former team and 2019 Grey Cup Champions, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Redblacks' road schedule includes two Friday games, six on Saturdays and one Monday afternoon game for the Thanksgiving Classic, against Montreal at 1 p.m.
Ottawa’s pre-season schedule kicks off on May 28, when the Redblacks visit the Montreal, followed by a home game against the Alouettes on June 4.
The 2021 season will conclude with the 108th Grey Cup in Hamilton on November 21.