The long awaited new season of the Canadian Premier League is finally here after it was announced that the competition will be kicking off on April 27 in Hamilton and the fans are so excited at the news.
The league will be kick started at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Stadium with the inaugural match scheduled to be a clash between Forge FC and York 9.
The announcement of the CPL opening game was made few days ago during a gala press event in the city of Toronto.
The game between Forge FC and York 9 has already been dubbed the “905 Derby” by the Canadian Premier League as both clubs are seen as local rivals with Forge FC based in Hamilton and York 9 based in the York region.
It was also announced that the remaining fixtures will be communicated at a later date. Also during the gala night, CPL announced Volkswagen as their founding partners after striking a multi-year deal with the motor company.
The Canadian Premier League is a new league expected to feature a total of seven teams including York 9, Calvary FC (Calgary), FC Edmonton, Valour FC (Winnipeg), Pacific FC (Vancouver Island), HFX Wanderers (Halifax) as well as Forge FC – who will be involved in the opening game.
The league is expected to be Canada’s first division and it already features affluent owners, most notably Canadian businessman Bob Young, owner of the Hamilton Tiger Cats as well as the Winnipeg Blue Bomber.
A number of supporters club have also been formed ahead of the inaugural match of the CPL. Barton St. Battalion, launched in 2016, supports Forge FC.