Toronto Wolfpack will not play any home games at Lamport Stadium in Toronto, Canada, when the Betfred Super League resumes its postponed 2020 season next month.
The transatlantic rugby league teams splits games between Toronto and the United Kingdom, where the Super League is based.
But due to various issues relating to travel, international border protocols, and current restrictions surrounding the hosting of public events in Toronto in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, it has been announced that the team will not play any games at Lamport Stadium.
“This is not a decision that has been taken lightly, and we vow to return to Toronto bigger and better than ever before in 2021,” said Toronto chairman and chief executive Bob Hunter in an open letter to fans.
Toronto’s debut season in the Super League appeared to be in danger over visa issues in relation to the coronavirus crisis. But the team’s place in the schedule has now been confirmed and its initial games will be played the UK.
There will be 21 live games in 29 days beginning August 2, all of which will be broadcast in the UK on Sky Sports. The four-team playoffs are scheduled for mid-to-late November while the Grand Final will take place at the end of November.
All games will initially be held behind closed doors.
Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone said: “Today’s fixtures announcement finally brings the 2020 season back to life. We were really pleased to be able to confirm a restart date – but fans really want to know who their team is playing and when.”