Two Burning Questions

Published on April 2, 2011 9:05 PM by dbo.

There are two hot topics right now that people want to know. First, when will 2011 Touchdown Atlantic tickets go on sale? Second, when will the 2011 CFL American television schedule be released?

2011 Touchdown Atlantic

Update: Ticket sale details to be announced April 26th.

Compared to last year when tickets went on sale for Touchdown Atlantic in late March and sold out in 32 hours, there has been little said as to when the 2011 edition will be available to the public. This puzzles some, wondering what the delay is for. I can speculate on a number of possible reasons the release of tickets has been delayed this year.

  • The return to Moncton wasn’t confirmed until February 7th this year compared to months in advance for 2010. This delayed preparations for the game compared to the ample time the league had to work the game into the schedule and plan logistics the first time.
  • The first Touchdown Atlantic piggybacked on Stadé Moncton 2010 Stadium expansion for the 2010 IAAF World Junior Championships in Athletics, meaning the stadium configuration was determined.
  • Going it alone in the stadium configuration means the game is incurring the full cost of the stadium expansion. It may make financial sense to increase the seating to offset the additional infrastructure costs. Before selling tickets, the seating plan must be set.
  • There is no assistance from the federal or provincial levels of government nor a games committee, placing more of the planning burden on the CFL and the City of Moncton.

I expect the sale date to be announced shortly and it to occur in April. Whenever it occurs, tickets will again be in high demand. To be notified of the ticket sale date, sign up for email notification or watch CFLdb for notice of the announcement.

2011 CFL American TV Schedule

Released in the last hour before the season kick-off last year with a new agreement with the NFL Network, the CFL indicates on their broadcast page that the American television schedule will be released in June. While there is the possibility the NFL labour stoppage will create some interest in more content, it is not known when the work stoppage may end. I suspect the NFL Network will work a deal to televise a schedule much like last year with the option to pick up additional games. They may be waiting as long as they can before striking a formal deal to have a better idea what is happening with the NFL lockout.

Of course, it is also possible the CFL will strike a deal with different or multiple partners for the 2011 season.

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Two Responses to “Two Burning Questions”

  1. When do the single game tickets go on sale for regular games?

    By FantuzFan on April 3, 2011 9:55 PM

  2. @FantuzFan - Like last year, it appears the CFL will coordinate the sale of single game tickets for all teams on June 1st.

    By dbo on April 4, 2011 1:35 PM