SASKATOON, SK – It is official. There are now nine teams in the Canadian Premier League (CPL). Saskatoon, Saskatchewan will be the fourth team in the Prairie and plans to play in Prairieland Park. This will be Saskatchewan’s first professional football team.
Saskatoon is the next CPL team and plans to play at Prairieland Park
Ownership group, Praireland Park and the people involved
The CPL is proud to announce that @ LivingSkySport1 has obtained exclusive rights to an expansion club in Saskatchewan, subject to approval of a football-specific stadium. The location in Saskatoon’s @PrairielandPark has been identified as the preferred location. # CanPL
– CanPL (@CPLsoccer) March 12, 2021
This team will be owned by Living Sky Sports and Entertainment Inc. (LSSE), which was created specifically for Saskatoon to have a Canadian Premier League team, according to Canpl.ca staff. The founder of LSSE is Alan Simpson. LSSE turned to Prairieland Park, a membership-based non-profit organization. This is what Mark Regulator, CEO of Prairieland Park said:
“When Prairieland was approached about the possibility of a football stadium in the park, we were forced to consider whether such an infrastructure project could improve the long-term sustainability of the park and make a significant contribution to the city of Saskatoon.”
Scheduled to play at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Saskatoon is the second expansion team in the Canadian Premier League. LSSE plans to turn Prairieland Park into a football-specific stadium, according to CPL. Ottawa was honored with an expansion team last year and was named Atlético Ottawa. It is unknown when Saskatoon will play in the Canadian Premier League.
Saskatoon is on CPL’s radar and a potential rivalry with Valor FC
With the news that Saskatoon is getting a team, there are now teams in all four of Canada’s western provinces. You will have many rivals in the Canadian Premier League. Most notable is their rivalry with Winnipeg, Manitoba at Valor FC. In the Canadian Football League (CFL), the Saskatchewan Roughriders (based in Regina) and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers compete in the Labor Day Classic and the Banjo Bowl. Finally, the two provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan border each other, which shows the geographic rivalry between the two provinces.
Saskatoon had previously held the SK Summer Soccer Series at SMF Field in 2019. On this series, Saskatoon had a team called Saskatchewan Selects. The series was used as a test for Saskatoon to become a CPL team. So the city of Saskatoon has always been on the radar of the Canadian Premier League. Joe Belan played an important role in organizing the SK Summer Soccer Series. It is important to note, however, that neither Belan nor the SK Summer Soccer Series are involved in the new CPL expansion team. This is according to Duane Rollins, host of SoccerToday.
Interesting. Group other than SSSS.
– Duane Rollins (@ 24thminute) March 12, 2021
It is currently unknown what the plan looks like for Joe Belan and his group of owners. However, the rumors of a second-rate soccer league originally reported by Simon Fudge could be that potential place. Recently, Rollins’ unveiled a potential men’s second division league, with the possible creation of a women’s division, according to John Jacques of the Northern Tribune. It is important, however, that it is currently still a rumor and has not yet become a reality.
CPL is making history with Saskatoon and planning to play in Prairieland Park
There are two major milestones in Saskatoon’s announcement today. One of them, as mentioned earlier, will be Saskatoon and Saskatchewan’s first professional football team. The second is that Canada now has the most professional men’s soccer teams in its history. With the inclusion of the three Canadian MLS clubs, Canada now has 12 professional men’s soccer teams. This surpasses the mark of 1990 when the now defunct first-tier Canadian Soccer League (CSL) had eleven professional teams in its league.
It also shows how the professional sports scene is welcomed in Saskatoon. Before 2015, Saskatoon had no professional sports teams. Now they have three professional sports teams in Saskatoon. They also have the Saskatchewan Rush (National Lacrosse League) and the Saskatchewan Rattlers (Canadian Elite Basketball League).
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