New sponsors for Corona League cup
The Corona League has unveiled BTC as the new sponsor of their cup competition.
The telecoms and internet provider has agreed a two-year deal which will see them become title sponsor of the tournament, now called the BTC Cup.
There will also be a new format to the competition this season with the introduction of a group stage, rather than the previous straight up knockout format. There will now be three groups of three teams. Group games will be played on December 9, January 20 and February 17.
Two group winners will get a bye for the first knockout round which will decide who meets them in the semi-finals. The knockout night takes place on March 1 before the semi-finals on March 10. The final will take place on April 21, with all games played at the BAA Goose Gosling Field.
Michael McGrath, president of the Corona League said: “It’s a real fresh start for the cup as we have an exciting new format as well as a major new sponsor in the form of BTC, who we warmly welcome.
“We’re confident the addition of the group stage will provide more competitive games and excitement for the players and fans. As group stages are good enough for the Uefa Champion’s League they’re good enough for the BTC Cup!”
Chris Wright of BTC said his company are happy to sponsor the cup competition. “When we were approached by the Corona League to become the sponsor of the cup we didn’t have to give it much thought,” Wright said.
“Like BTC, the league and the cup play such a big part in Bermudian life that is was a natural fit. We’re big football fans here, with the annual match against BELCO a real highlight among staff and I know many of them compete in the Corona League and love it.
“We’re looking forward to the next two years, and the small matter of the draw this Thursday which will no doubt result in some interesting matches.”
The sponsorship of the cup competition adds to BTC’s sports sponsorships which also includes Beat the Couch, the Bermuda Cricket Umpires Association and the Under-12 Super Summer Cricket Series who they co-sponsor with Digicel.