The Calgary Stampeders announce their game schedule for the 2018 Canadian Football League season.
The schedule is being unveiled almost a full two months earlier than the 2017 game dates were released.
“We’ve heard for many years that fans wanted to see the schedule much sooner and, as a result of the joint effort between the league and the teams, I’m very pleased that we’re able to deliver on that,” said Stampeders president and general manager John Hufnagel.
Here are some key points of the 2018 schedule:
First action at McMahon Stadium will be on Friday, June 1 when the BC Lions and Stampeders meet in a pre-season contest
The regular season kicks off on Saturday, June 16 as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats visit McMahon. That date ties the 2003 campaign as the earliest start to a regular season in Stampeders history
The 18-game season is spread over 21 weeks in 2018, with three byes for each team. Calgary’s byes are in Weeks 4, 9 and 15
The BC Lions make two regular-season visits to Calgary while the Stamps make two trips to Regina to face the Saskatchewan Roughriders
After facing five straight East Division opponents to start the season, 10 of the Stamps’ final 13 games are against the West including six consecutive divisional battles from late July to early September and four in a row to finish the regular season
The regular-season home schedule includes more summer dates – five games in June, July and August plus the annual Labour Day Classic against the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday, Sept. 3
The regular-season home schedule includes six Saturday games, one Thursday and one Friday in addition to Labour Day Monday
The home schedule features two early-afternoon contests – Aug. 25 against Winnipeg (1:30 p.m.) and Labour Day against Edmonton (1 p.m.)
No home game starts later than 7 p.m.
“We’re happy to be presenting our fans with a family-friendly schedule and we look forward to another exciting and successful season of Stampeders football,” said Hufnagel.
The division playoffs will be played on Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 and the Grey Cup will be played at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium on Nov. 25.