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Argos play 2015 CFL home opener in Fort McMurray, Alta.

02/13/2015 04:14 EST | Updated 04/15/2015 05:59 EDT
The Argonauts are listed as the host team, but they will be almost 2,600 kilometres from Toronto when they open their 2015 CFL season — and it will be well into August before they finally return to Rogers Centre.

The CFL released its 2015 schedule on Friday, and what was expected to be a messy timetable because of the Pan American Games and the FIFA Women's World Cup still delivered some surprises.

Several CFL clubs are impacted, but none more so than the Argos, who burn a home date hosting the Edmonton Eskimos at Shell Place in Fort McMurray, Alta., in the season opener for both teams on June 27.

The Eskimos need to vacate Commonwealth Stadium that day because of a pair of World Cup quarter-final matches.

After the Argos play their opener in what is sure to be a hostile environment, they play four more games on the road as sourthern Ontario hosts the Pan Am Games before finally returning home to host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Aug. 8.

The July 10-26 Pan Am Games also affected Hamilton, which plays its first four games on the road.

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