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Canadian Premier League launches ‘On Tour’ series in Kelowna, BC with Vancouver FC vs. Cavalry FC – Canadian Premier League

CPL will host a regular season match at a neutral site between Vancouver FC and Cavalry FC on June 16 in a potential expansion market

The Canadian Premier League (CPL) today launched its “On Tour” series, which will make its debut next month in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley.

The new series will see the CPL, Canada’s top player in men’s professional soccer will host competitive matches at neutral sites across the country in the coming years as the League continues its mission to connect with fans of the Beautiful Game from coast to coast and expand the League to new communities.

The 2024 edition of the “On Tour” series will see Vancouver FC take on Cavalry FC in Kelowna, BC in their second meeting of the regular season. The game will be played at Kelowna’s Apple Bowl on Sunday, June 16, starting at 5:00 PM ET/2:00 PM PT. It will be featured as the TonyBet Match of the Week broadcast on OneSoccer, the dedicated home of Canadian soccer.

“Our new On Tour series is an innovative way to bring our league, clubs and players to potential new CPL markets, and we’re excited to make Kelowna our first ‘On Tour’ stop this summer,” said Mark Noonan, Commissioner, Canadian Premier League. “We look forward to connecting with existing CPL supporters in the Okanagan Valley, attracting new fans to our game, meeting with Kelowna city officials and On tour series into a destination event for other potential CPL communities.”

Kelowna 2024 is supported by the City of Kelowna, Tourism Kelowna and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport for British Columbia. The lead-up to match day will include several family-friendly events and celebrations across the Okanagan Valley, where CPL coaches, players and personalities will be on hand to make visits to local schools and participate in guest coaching opportunities at local clubs.

Festival-goers are invited to an official Kelowna 2024 kickoff event and a gameday tailgate, among other activities organized for all ages in the days leading up to the game. More details about the festivities will be announced as they become available.

“We are thrilled to be the first stop of the Canadian Premier League On Tour series and showcase the passion and enthusiasm for soccer in the Okanagan,” said City of Kelowna Mayor Tom Dyas. “Kelowna is home to an ever-growing football fan base, with nearly 7,000 players across the region, with more than 5,000 players aged 18 and under. We are also very interested in exploring the possibility of having a CPL franchise in Kelowna in the future. With the 2026 FIFA World Cup scheduled to take place in Canada, this Tour is an opportunity for us to test the waters and see how ready we are for this next step. I can only imagine the potential positive impact that today’s announcement will have on the future of football in our city.”

Vancouver FC season members looking to purchase tickets for the match can access a pre-sale today as supporters of the home club. Cavalry FC season ticket holders will have access to the presale on Thursday, May 9. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 10.

Next month’s match will mark the first time the league has staged a one-off competitive match at a neutral venue. The Apple Bowl, home of the Pacific Coast Soccer League’s Okanagan Challenge, is a multi-purpose stadium located at Parkinson Recreation Park in Kelowna.

“The Canadian Premier League On Tour Football Festival in Kelowna is exciting news for football fans,” said Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports. “Events like this inspire young people to take up sports and dream big. With the World Cup coming to Vancouver in 2026, we know soccer will continue to captivate and unite fans across BC. We’re happy to support events like this tour to bring more visitors to the Okanagan, benefiting small businesses and the local community.

The match marks a homecoming for Rob Friend, president of Vancouver FC and former striker for the Canadian men’s national team, who grew up in Kelowna. Friend was the first football player inducted into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in 2022.

“I am thrilled to bring the inaugural edition of the On Tour Series to Kelowna,” said Rob Friend, President of Vancouver FC. “I know how passionate everyone in the Okanagan Valley is about the community, and what an opportunity this will be for local soccer fans to get behind our game and our league. It makes sense for Kelowna to be the first stop in this series and I can’t wait to see the city set the standard for what the On Tour series can do in the future.”

Vancouver, the CPL’s most recent expansion club, will face one of the League’s most successful teams in Cavalry FC. The Calgary club won the CPL Shield last fall as the 2023 regular season winner.

“The On Tour Series is an exciting concept and we are pleased that Kelowna is the chosen market to launch,” said Ian Allison, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cavalry FC. “Although it is considered a neutral venue, Cavalry fans are known to be a passionate and nomadic group, so I expect we will be well supported at the Apple Bowl on June 16. The Okanagan Valley is also home to many who once, or still, call Alberta home, so it should make for a great Tour stop. I expect a good representation of our colors on match day, and our coaches and players look forward to engaging with the football community. We may even bring the 2023 CPL shield for photo ops and inspiration.”