April 1, 2019

School Day: Argos to play preseason game at U of T

Oct 15, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Saskatchewan Roughriders defeat the Toronto Argonauts 29-11 at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski

TORONTO – The Toronto Argonauts will play their first preseason game of 2019 at Varsity Stadium on the campus of the University of Toronto on Thursday, May 30 at 11 am against the Montreal Alouettes. The Argos are no strangers to Varsity Stadium as it served as the home of the Double Blue from 1916-1958 as well as playing host to a number of Argonauts preseason games this decade.

The Argos are happy to announce this will be a school day game with tickets being sold to students in Greater Toronto Area schools. A portion of each ticket will go towards helping students in need within our communities. Students will be treated to giveaways, mascot, and new Argos co-ed dance team performances as well as Huddle Up Anti-Bullying Program integration throughout the game. A limited number of tickets will be held for season ticket members available in early May.

“Providing an opportunity for kids to come to an Argos game, perhaps for the first time is a top priority for our organization and that is why it was important to isolate an 11 am preseason game in participation with the school boards. In conjunction with the CFL #tryfootball campaign, the Argos want to expose kids to the great game of football and urge them to pick up a ball, learn to throw, catch and run a pattern,” said Chris Shewfelt, VP Business Operations. “Through our recent partnership with Toronto Flag Football, and with our commitment of getting footballs into kids hands we look to grow participation and enjoyment of our great sport. The first time a child learns to throw a spiral is a special moment, we hope to enable that further in our community to many, many more kids”

In addition to the preseason game, the Argonauts also announced the organization will be giving away 2,000 CFL leather footballs throughout the 2019 season. More information on this project will be available shortly, please visit http://www.argonauts.ca or follow @torontoargos for more info.

“We’re excited to support the Argos’ school day preseason game at Varsity Stadium, and we share their commitment to growing our game,” said Randy Ambrosie, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League. “Whether it’s on the field at a flag football tournament or cheering with their friends in the stands, it’s important to us to engage young people and share the fun and excitement of football. Going to games as a kid was always so special and really spurred my love of football, and I know this game will be a memorable experience for so many.”

The Boatmen’s 2019 regular season kicks off at 4 pm on June 22 vs the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Tickets will be available in early May, don’t miss your chance to cheer on the Argos live and in person for the first time at BMO Field in 2019!