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The countdown to the 2017 Panda Game has begun and tickets are now on sale! 

Panda Game 2017
Saturday, September 30th
1 p.m.

Let’s take over the stadium with a huge sea of garnet and grey to cheer on our team.


We are sold out on campus!

Where to buy

How to get there

  • Shuttles will leave in front on Lamoureux Hall starting at 11:15 a.m.  

Pep Rally

  • What: Get ready for the biggest game of the season. Come and enjoy free food and drinks with friends before heading to the game!
  • Where: University Square
  • When: Starting at 11:00 a.m.

It’s time to Bring Pedro Home and it’s a team effort!

From September 19th to September 27th, plush pandas will be taking over our campus. Spot one and you will have the chance to bring Pedro home by taking a picture of it or with it, posting it on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account with the #BringPedroHome and tagging the @uottawageegees. Each day throughout the contest period, one social media post will win a 100$ gift card to Rideau Centre.

Every day, five specially marked ‘Pedro’ plus pandas will be also be hidden on campus. Individuals who find the specially marked ‘Pedro’ pandas must return the panda to the ticket booth on campus between 11am and 3pm the same day in order to be entered to win a pair of tickets to the 2017 Grey Cup hosted at TD Lansdowne.

Contest rules

  • Only uOttawa students and employees are eligible to win prizes;
  • This contest runs from September 19th 2017 at 11am to September 27th 2017 at 3 pm;
  • Social media post omitting one of the criteria’s (i.e. use of hashtag #BringPedroHome, tagging @uottawageegees on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) will not be eligible to be entered in the contest;
  • Each social media post counts as one entry;
  • Individuals who find “Pedro” pandas will only be entered into the draw for 2 Grey Cup tickets if they register their name at UCU318 on the day they find the “Pedro” panda;
  • Winners will be notified by direct messages or by email and must claim their prize before October 23, 2017;
  • By entering the contest, the winner authorizes the University of Ottawa to use, if required, their name, photograph, location, voice, images and / or statement regarding the prize for advertising or other purposes, without any compensation.


We’ve packaged an incredible deal for uOttawa alumni to cheer on our Gee-Gees! Don’t miss the National Capital Region’s classic university football battle between YOUR uOttawa Gee-Gees and the Carleton Ravens. This year, we are doing things big with an exclusive pre-game party in the Aberdeen Pavilion.

Alumni and Friends Package Price: $60
Pre-party only: $25
Student Package Price (game and pre-party): $30

Get more details and register!

Evolution of Pedro

It all started in 1955, when Fulcrum associate editor Bryan McNulty asked local jeweller Jack Snow to donate a stuffed panda he kept in his shop. Snow agreed and offered up the panda, nicknamed Pedro the Panda. The black and white bear became the game’s mascot… and the source of the annual match’s moniker. Each year, the Panda “trophy” was presented to the winning team.

In Pedro’s 25 years of faithful service the stuffed bear had been kidnapped on many occasions, buried under the field of Lansdowne Park, travelled across the country and more. But the 1979 Panda Game would be his final appearance. 

A bronze replica of Pedro was created following his retirement in 1979 and allowed the Panda Game tradition to live on for many years. The original stuffed Panda was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a memento of the historic tradition. In 1999, the Carleton Ravens football team was dropped, putting an end to the annual rivalry game. The bronze replica was retired to the University of Ottawa archives.

With the return of the Carleton Ravens football program in 2013, a new Pedro was born. Local artist Dale Dunning was commissioned by the University of Ottawa and Carleton University to reproduce Pedro in brushed aluminum to help celebrate the revival of the Panda Game. The new replica has none of the historic markings of the original replica, providing a clean slate for new generations of Panda Game champions to make their mark on Pedro.

Read more about Pedro

The first Panda Game was played at Lansdowne Park, the 40-acre site on which TD Place was built, in 1955 and continued annually until after the 1998 season when the Ravens football program was suspended. The Ravens returned to the gridiron in 2013 while TD Place was under construction and Panda was played that year at uOttawa.