CPL Opening Weekend Gets Triple-Header After Scheduling Adjustment
The opening match of the 2023 Canadian Premier League season has been pushed back one day, with an earlier slot being introduced out on the west coast.
Pacific FC was initially set to host new neighbour Vancouver FC on Friday, April 14 at 7:00PM PT, with the new match now taking place a day later at 4:00PM PT.
That means that the league’s fifth season will now kick-off with a triple-header on Saturday, with one match following on Sunday.
The new 4:00PM PT kickoff time for Pacific means that Vancouver FC fans coming in from the mainland will be able to more easily catch a ferry back home afterwards, which seems a good move for what will be a historic night of Canadian football.
The opening weekend of regular season action will now begin with Atletico Ottawa and Halifax Wanderers kicking off the festivities in the early afternoon, with Forge and Cavalry following after that, and Pacific and Vancouver FC wrapping up a busy day of football.
“This is a call to our fans that we want to pack Starlight Stadium on April 15 and show Vancouver FC what Island pride means as we defend our house,” said Pacific Managing Director Paul Beirne, Managing Director, Pacific FC. “This will be Vancouver FC’s first-ever match and the beginning of a BC rivalry that stands to make history in our province.”
Fans who want to tune into the action can do so live on OneSoccer, for which the 24-hour channel is also available through fuboTV and Optik TV.