On Tuesday morning, the Canadian Premier League made a pair of announcements, including the date and time of the fledgling league’s inaugural match.
There were representatives from multiple clubs in attendance, including York 9 FC head coach Jimmy Brennan and his Forge FC counterpart Bobby Smyrniotis, as well as players from each club. Members of the Barton St. Battalion and Generation IX supporters groups were also on hand to represent their clubs, Forge and York9 respectively.
The first announcement was the reveal of Volkswagen Canada as an official partner of the league. Volkswagen will receive promotional and media assets with all seven clubs, and will be the jersey sponsor of a yet-to-be-announced team. These promotional assets include things like direct promotions through the league’s official app and “exposure through the league and its clubs,” which I’m guessing is things like advertising boards beside the pitch.
The second piece of news was the one that plenty of fans have been waiting for: the inaugural home game.
On April 27, 2019, the first-ever Canadian Premier League match will take place in Hamilton. Hamilton’s club, Forge FC will be hosting York9 FC at Tim Hortons Field in the first installment of what people are calling the “905 Derby.”
“We’ve had a lot of time to build and once we get that first game underway, the season starts and everything you’ve worked toward is ready to roll out,” York9 head coach Jimmy Brennan told CanPL.ca. “We’re looking forward to it being a local derby as well. It’s even more special. We’re hoping to have a large following out there with our supporters.”
According to the league’s website, York9 is expecting to bring around 1000 fans to Hamilton for the match.
“It’s going to be a great event for Forge FC and for the Canadian Premier League,” Brennan’s Forge FC counterpart Bobby Smyrniotis told CanPL.ca. “It will be a great day for our league and one of the most monumental days in Canadian soccer history.”
There are still plenty of announcements on the way for the Canadian Premier League, as jersey sponsors, the kits themselves, the broadcasting deal, and the complete schedule are all among the things yet to be announced.
Waking the Red will follow the CPL news that comes out over the next few weeks as they gear up for their inaugural season.