Regina to host first CFL Week

The Canadian Football League's National Combine will be held in Regina next year.

National Combine will be one of several events held in the Queen City next spring

Saskatchewan will host the first CFL Week next March, which will include the National Combine. (Peter Oleskevich)

The Canadian Football League's National Combine will be held in Regina next year.

The testing event for the top draft eligible players in Canada has typically been held in Toronto, but the CFL is turning up exposure by several notches announcing Saskatchewan as the host for the first CFL Week in March 2017. The league is calling it the most social and accessible Combine in CFL history.

"CFL Week will bring together everything that is great about our league in one place for one exciting week: Important football events, such as our National Combine, opportunities for fans to meet and greet our biggest stars, and access for the media to the league's biggest players and decision makers," said Jeffrey Orridge, CFL commissioner, in a press release.

CFL Week will include:

  • National Combine with increased access for media and fans.
  • Fan expo, kiddie Combine, open mic with the commissioner, meet-and-greets with players, player panels and cheerleading displays.
  • Hall of Fame gala dinner featuring class of 2017 announcement.
  • Passing Showcase tournament highlighting some of Canadian football's rising university stars.

Orridge said more than 50 CFL stars will be in attendance during the week.

"It's really about bringing the game and the players more to the fans and the community," Orridge said.

The week will kick off on Mar. 20 and end on Mar. 26. 

"The plan is take this beyond just Saskatchewan," he added. 

The week is a way to showcase the CFL brand and satisfy current fans and engage new ones, Orridge said.

On the topic of Regina hosting another Grey Cup, Orridge said there is always a possibility for that but did not give a concrete answer.

"We make those decisions one year at a time," Orridge said. 

The last time the Grey Cup was hosted in Saskatchewan was the 101st Grey Cup when the Saskatchewan Roughriders defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Taylor Field.