Chilliwack’s next football rival?

BC Football Conference

The Chilliwack Huskers and Kamloops Broncos played a B.C. Football Conference pre-season game in Prince George last weekend, showcasing the league for possible expansion.

By all accounts the game was a success, but PG Free Press sports editor Alistair McInnis says there’s work to be done to make a BCFC team feasible.

 

Having a franchise in Prince George would boost the B.C. Football Conference.

The league could use its existence in B.C.’s Northern Capital to attract more newcomers, expand its schedule and add new business partners.

The support exists in the city.

Saturday’s attendance wasn’t as high as it could have been (approximately 500, with organizers optimistically saying 700 or 800).

But it wasn’t a disappointing turnout either. A team of 50-plus chipped in to help run the event.

It’s easy to rave about a one-day event, but  bigger issues must be resolved if PG’s bid to land a BCFC expansion franchise is successful.

The city’s geography is consistently the biggest hurdle it has to overcome in joining any major junior sports league and that hasn’t changed.

Kamloops is the closest BCFC city at 525 clicks away — under normal driving conditions, that’s six hours on the road.

The two current squads situated furthest apart, Victoria and Kelowna, are separated by 471 kilometres. Ferry and highway time combined, that’s a six-and-a-half hour trip,  minor compared to what would be an 11-hour, 863 kilometre trek from Victoria to Prince George (time and distance figures from the Ministry of Transportation distance calculator).

Considering their relative isolation from southern B.C., PG residents pushing for a franchise understand the importance of accommodation arrangements.

In a league in which overnight stays are rarely required, payment of hotel bills for visiting teams may have to come out of Prince George wallets. The business proposal they’re preparing to apply in October would have to outline accommodation arrangements and they’d have to be willing to offer a package appealing to the rest of the league.

Perhaps only the Broncos would be willing to avoid staying overnight.

However, if the two Lower Mainland teams (the Huskers and Langley Rams) and the Kelowna-based Okanagan Sun are offered hotel arrangements for a night, it’s likely that Kamloops would follow suit.

Gathering support from the Island may be hardest of all. Since ferries don’t travel overnight, the Nanaimo Raiders and Victoria-based Westshore Rebels could be looking at two nights of hotel accommodations on trips to Prince George.

Organizers have stressed the need for an all-weather field in Prince George, something that may seem more realistic if they land a BCFC franchise.

Prince George has a few more months to put together its proposal. In the meantime, they can gather feedback from the league on ways to strengthen their bid. The league will vote in January.

Preparation is critical in processes like this. With a successful bid, the Prince George group plans to enter a team in the BCFC to start competing in 2013.

Just Posted

Chilliwack pauses to remember

Services held special significance, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Vancouver Island brewery re-brands again after cryptic new logo failed

Victoria-based brewers said goodbye to confusing hexagon logo

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Early morning bagpipe playing at Chilliwack memorial on Nov. 11

Piper Greg McCormick taking part in international Battle’s Over tribute at Piper Richardson statue

Ask the Coach: Prepping BCHL players for the NCAA

Chilliwack Chiefs head coach Brian Maloney answers questions unfiltered in Ask the Coach.

Trudeau warns of dangers of nationalist leaders at historic armistice gathering

U.S. President Donald Trump in recent weeks described himself as a nationalist

Grim search for more fire victims; 31 dead across California

More than 8,000 firefighters battled wildfires that scorched at least 1,040 square kilometres

Politicians need to do better on social media, Trudeau says

Prime minister suggests at conference in Paris some are trying to use technology to polarize voters

Wally Buono exits CFL, stinging from painful playoff loss

B.C. Lions lost the Eastern semifinal to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, 48-8

Pot company hopes to replace jobs lost in mill closure in B.C. town

About 200 workers lost their jobs when the Tolko sawmill in Merritt shuttered in 2016

Murder charge laid after ‘altercation’ at Port Coquitlam home

Jonathon Shingoose, 36, was rushed to hospital, but did not survive

Funding announcement promises to drive business innovation in B.C.

Minister is scheduled to make the announcement at the Penticton campus of Okanagan College

Ticats destroy Lions 48-8 in CFL East Division semifinal

Wally Buono’s last game as B.C. coach ends in disappointment

Olympic decision time for Calgarians in 2026 plebiscite

Calgary’s ‘88 legacy is considered among the most successful in Olympic Games history

Most Read