Esks could host Lions home game
By Terry Jones, QMI Agency
|The Edmonton Eskimos brawl with the B.C. Lions during their last game in the renovated B.C. Place in Vancouver on September 30. Strike action by B.C. Place employees could force Saturday's scheduled rematch to be moved to Edmonton. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)
EDMONTON - Could the Edmonton Eskimos end up playing the B.C. Lions in Saturday’s showdown for first place in the CFL West at Commonwealth Stadium instead of B.C. Place?
BC Place employees are now in a legal strike situation, having voted 89% in favour of job action if renewed contract negotiations with PavCo break down. They can now go on strike with 72 hours notice at any time during the next 90 days.
Saturday’s Eskimos-Lions game, the final game of the CFL’s regular season a week later between the Lions and Montreal Alouettes, a likely Western Conference playoff game and the 99th Grey Cup are all potentially at risk.
“The CFL and the Lions are monitoring the situation and we’ll see what happens the first part of this week,” said Eskimos’ CEO Rick LeLacheur.