Ticats change time of home opener to try to avoid big overlap with Raptors game
Hamilton Tiger-Cats fans leave the east grandstand following the annual CFL Labour Day Classic against the Toronto Argonauts and the inaugural game at the new Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ont., on September 1, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Lynett
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, June 11, 2019 12:22PM EDT
HAMILTON - The 2019 CFL season will start 30 minutes earlier than expected thanks to the Toronto Raptors.
Thursday's game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders will begin at 7 p.m. ET instead of the originally scheduled 7:30 p.m., in an effort to avoid too much overlap with Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Raptors and Golden State Warriors. The basketball game in Oakland, Calif., starts at 9 p.m.
The Ticats announced the move Tuesday, hours after Game 6 of the NBA Finals was confirmed with Golden State's 106-105 win in Toronto. The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2.
During the football game, the Ticats say select televisions around Tim Hortons Field will switch to the beginning of Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
The Tiger-Cats will open the stadium's gates to the public following the conclusion of the football game for fans to view the remainder of the NBA contest for free on the main video board.
TSN has broadcast rights for Game 6 of the NBA Finals and all CFL games.