Believe it or not, there is NCAA football north of the border. Simon Fraser University – a Division II program located in Burnaby, British Columbia – is a member of the 10-team Lone Star Conference.

Unfortunately, Simon Fraser is facing some logistical issues for the 2022 season. The program announced on Tuesday morning that 4 home games will be relocated to the US and played at a high school in Washington.

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Those home games will be played at Blaine High School in Blaine, Washington. Additionally, a nonconference game against Montana State-Northern has been canceled.

The move of games stems from the Canada-USA border restriction that requires all visitors entering Canada to be fully vaccinated. Simon Fraser is 1 of 3 remaining D-II programs located in the Pacific Northwest.

According to the release, Blaine is located just shy of 28 miles (45 KM) away from Simon Fraser. Blaine High School’s stadium is also capable of accommodating 2,000 fans.

“We are all looking forward to a time when the impact of the global pandemic will be behind us,” said Theresa Hanson, Senior Director of Athletics and Recreation at SFU. “This news is especially disappointing for our student-athletes, but we continue to support them and advocate for ways to ensure they can train and compete. We are looking forward to creating a home-field atmosphere in Blaine for these games.”