2017 Canada West Football schedule released

    Bears host Dinos on Sep. 1 to start season

    By Connor Hood w/files from Canada West Communications on April 18, 2017

    The 2017 Canada West football season opens Friday, September 1 with all six conference teams in action
    Football fans will have a new way to consume Canada West football beginning this season, with all 27 conference football games available as condensed games as part of a revamped Canada West TV
    The 81st Hardy Cup goes Saturday, November 11, with conference semifinal action scheduled for Saturday, November 4

    EDMONTON – The road to the 81st Hardy Cup officially opens Friday, September 1, Canada West unveiling the 2017 conference schedule Tuesday.

    The University of Alberta Golden Bears football team will open their 2017 season with a meeting at home against the defending Hardy Cup Champion Calgary Dinos, September 1st at Foote Field. 

    Coming off a 1-7 season a year ago, the youthful Bears will look to continue their improvement, and claim a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2010. This is also the fifth season under head coach Chris Morris, and the fifth season for his first recruiting class for the Golden Bears.

    Following the home opener, the Evergreen and Gold’s next home game will be during the annual U of A Alumni Week on September 23rd, as they welcome UBC to Foote Field. The Bears will also host the Regina Cougars in the first week after the ‘bye’, on October 14th, before hosting the Saskatchewan in the home finale on October 21st. 

    The 2017 Golden Bears Spring Camp runs from April 27th to May 1st at the Dome at Foote Field. 

    2017 Golden Bears Football Schedule

    Fri. Sept. 1 Alberta vs. Calgary 7:00 p.m. – HOME OPENER
    Fri. Sept. 8 Alberta @ Saskatchewan 7:00 p.m.
    Sat. Sept. 16 Alberta @ Regina 2:00 p.m.
    Sat. Sept. 23 Alberta vs UBC 1:00 p.m. - ALUMNI WEEK 
    Fri. Sept. 29 Alberta @ Manitoba 3:00 p.m. 
    - BYE -
    Sat Oct. 14 Alberta vs Regina1:00 p.m.
    Sat. Oct. 21 Alberta vs Saskatchewan 1:00 p.m.
    Sat. Oct. 28 Alberta @ Calgary 1:00 p.m.

    Sat. Nov. 4 - Canada West Semifinals
    Sat. Nov. 11 - Hardy Cup

    Canada West TV elevates football coverage

    Football fans will have a new way to consume CW football beginning this season on Canada West TV, as all 27 conference football games will be available as condensed games, as part of the conference’s revamped streaming site.

    Following in the footsteps of other sports properties, who have worked to provide content to fans in more compact and engaging packages, Canada West is pleased to offer condensed games to fans looking to catch up on all the key action from around the conference.

    A full list of Canada West TV packages available for the 2017-18 season, including which packages will provide access to the condensed football games, will be announced in August.

    U SPORTS national playoffs

    For the second consecutive season, CW is the proud host of a U SPORTS national semifinal, as the 2017 Mitchell Bowl is headed to Western Canada when the eventual Hardy Cup champions will host the top team from Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

    The winner of the Mitchell Bowl goes on to play the Uteck Bowl champions – the other national semifinal, which pits the Atlantic University Sport champions against the Ontario University Athletics champion – in the Vanier Cup. Canadian university football’s biggest game is slated for Saturday, November 25 at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field, as the U SPORTS title game returns to the Steel City for the second consecutive season.

    Key member home dates

    Saturday, September 23 vs. UBC / 1:00 p.m. MDT – Annual University of Alberta Alumni Weekend celebration

    Friday, September 29 vs. Calgary / 7:00 p.m. PDT – Inaugural Black and Blue Game; third jersey debut

    Friday, September 8 vs. Regina / 5:30 p.m. MDT – KICKOFF Game; annual wrap up to the University of Calgary’s Orientation Week
    Saturday, September 23 vs. Saskatchewan / 4:00 p.m. MDT / Annual HOMECOMING Game

    Saturday, September 16 vs. Calgary / 1:00 p.m. CDT / Annual Homecoming Game
    Friday, September 29 vs. Alberta / 3:00 p.m. CDT / First-ever weekday afternoon game

    Friday, September 1 vs. UBC / 7:00 p.m. CST / First-ever home opener at New Mosaic Stadium

    Friday, September 29 vs. Regina / 7:00 p.m. CST / Annual Support Our Troops Night