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Canadian Premier League approves club for Greater Victoria, BC

The club will represent Vancouver Island.

2016 Royal Tour To Canada Of The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge - Victoria, British Columbia Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Canadian Premier League announced today that it has officially granted a club to the Vancouver Island area. The team will apparently play out of an upgraded Westhills Stadium in Greater Victoria, BC.

The team’s ownership group, SixFive Sports & Entertainment, includes former Canadian men’s national team players Rob Friend and Josh Simpson, as well as local businessman Dean Shillington.

Westhills Stadium is in Langford, BC, and it has hosted several rugby teams (including national team games). It was also home to the Victoria Highlanders of the USL’s Premier Development League. Its current capacity is around 1,700, but it will likely be expanded to fall more in line with the other CPL locations.

There’s no word yet on whether or not this club will be the Port City FC we’ve already heard about, but that would make sense (unless there are going to be two BC teams). The Victoria club will be part of the CPL’s inaugural season in 2019.