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SportsWinnipeg to host NFL pre-season game between Raiders and Packers

22:15  05 june  2019
22:15  05 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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WINNIPEG — The NFL is coming to Winnipeg.

A pre-season game between the Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers will be played at IG Field — home of the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers — in the third week of the exhibition schedule on Aug. 22. Tickets for the exhibition game will range from $75 to $340, plus taxes and fees.

The Blue Bombers and On Ice Entertainment Ltd. held a news conference Wednesday to confirm the game.

It is a Raiders home game.

The city of Regina was in discussion with a promoter earlier this year about potentially staging the game, but the plan fell through.

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The Raiders are scheduled to move their team to Las Vegas next year.

The game in Winnipeg will mark the first NFL contest in Canada since the Buffalo Bills completed a run of eight games in Toronto with a regular-season clash against the Atlanta Falcons in December 2013.

The Raiders have Canadian content on and off the field.

The club's roster features Canadian tight end Luke Willson, a native of LaSalle, Ont., entering his seventh NFL season. The six-foot-five, 251-pound Willson spent last season with the Detroit Lions after starting his career with the Seattle Seahawks in 2013.

Willson, 29, appeared on two Super Bowls with the Seahawks, winning , winning a Super Bowl with the club as a rookie. he had two catches for 17 yards in Seattle's 43–8 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Safety Erik Harris, who spent three seasons with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2013-15) is entering his fourth NFL campaign and third with the Raiders. He signed a two-year contract extension with Oakland in March.

And Raiders GM Mike Mayock was a defensive back with the CFL's Toronto Argonauts (1981) before finishing his playing career with the New York Giants (1982-83). He later worked as an analyst and sideline reporter on ESPN's CFL coverage.

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