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Saskatchewan Roughriders to hold training camp in Saskatoon for next three years

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will return to Saskatoon for training camp after more than two years, the team announced Tuesday.

Under a three-year deal with the University of Saskatchewan, the Roughriders will host their training camp at the University’s football stadium for the next three years.

This year, the Roughriders Coors Light training camp will run from May 15 to June 3, with the first two weeks taking place in Saskatoon. Practices will take place at Griffiths Stadium at the University of Saskatchewan from May 15-27.

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The Roughriders were last in Saskatoon for training camp in 2019. The university has since completed a $3.14 million turf project, which has improved and expanded the playing surface.

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“After two years away from the University of Saskatchewan, we are thrilled to have a renewed partnership with the University of Saskatchewan and lead our team as they prepare for the 2022 season,” said the president. and Roughriders CEO Craig Reynolds in a statement released Tuesday.

After the announcement, Reynolds explained the team’s excitement to return to Saskatoon.

“When you have a camp here and you’re immersed in a different city with a different set of fans, it’s important that the players understand that this is the province team, not just the Regina team,” Reynolds said. “When you see the great fan support here, I think they see it.”

The 2020 CFL season was canceled due to COVID-19 and league health and safety protocols forced the Roughriders to hold their 2021 training camp in Regina.

The team will end its visit to Saskatoon on May 28 by hosting the Green and White game. The Roughriders will then return to Regina on May 29 for the remainder of the preseason.

The club will also host their rookie camp at Griffiths Stadium from May 11-13.

University of Saskatchewan President Peter Stoicheff said the university is excited to renew its relationship with the team and host its upcoming training camps.

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“We look forward to welcoming the team back to campus, including the many former Huskie student-athletes who have transitioned to professional careers with the Roughriders,” Stoicheff said in a statement.

University of Saskatchewan Huskies athletic director Shannon Chinn says the Riders’ training camp will only increase the excitement around football in the city.

“We’ve had a phenomenal run to the Vanier Cup this year, which has really sparked interest and buzz around football in Saskatoon,” Chinn said.

“Bringing the Riders back, keeping that ongoing football buzz, continuing to get more fans to our games, more people interested in football…it’s phenomenal for everyone.”

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The Roughriders say more details, including training camp practice times, will be available soon.

In addition to training camp, the club announces that it will be hosting several upcoming community events in Saskatoon. Roughriders players Albert Awachie, Derrick Moncrief, Mitchell Picton, Evan Johnson and Jorgen Hus will participate in Saskatoon Minor Football’s Playground to Pros program over the Easter break.

Four members of the 2007 Gray Cup Roughriders team will also be keynote speakers at the Huskies Football Foundation’s Dog’s Breakfast. The event will feature Vice President of Football Operations Jeremy O’Day, as well as former Roughriders Andy Fantuz, Tad Kornegay and Scott Schultz, in conversation with Glen Suitor.

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Some current Roughriders will also be at the event.

The team says more community events and fan interactions will be announced in the coming weeks.

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