Lions ink training-camp deal with Kamloops
The B.C. Lions will hold training camp in Kamloops for at least another two years.
“Our time in Kamloops has been nothing short of amazing,” said Dennis Skulsky, Leos president and CEO.
“World-class facilities, outstanding corporate support and the dedication of Lions fans in the Interior make this decision very easy.”
The Lions signed a deal with the City of Kamloops three years ago, agreeing to hold training camp at Hillside Stadium in 2010, 2011 and 2012, with an option for 2013.
On Monday, Feb. 4, the CFL club exercised the option and announced an extension through to 2014.
The Lions signing an extension to remain in the Tournament Capital was no sure bet, with many expecting camp to go elsewhere.
Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Courtenay and Kelowna were among the rumoured potential locations.
The 2011 Grey Cup champions return this year to the River City late in May and kick camp off on June 2.
“The City of Kamloops is extremely pleased the B.C. Lions will be coming back to Kamloops for training camp,” Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar said.
“Their decision to extend the contract is a testament to the quality facilities in our city, our hosting abilities and amazing support by our residents and business community.”