OTTAWA - TD Place today announced a multi-year agreement to host one of Ottawa/Gatineau’s premier university sporting events, the Panda Game, an annual CIS football extravaganza featuring the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees and the Carleton Ravens. This year’s Panda Game will be held on Saturday October 3rd starting at 1:07 PM. Tickets will be available as of 10:00 AM on Friday September 4th by ordering online at TDPlace.ca.
“It’s a privilege to once again host Panda and provide Ottawa’s university students, alumni and fans of major events with an opportunity to experience TD Place,” said Mike Cerha, VP Entertainment and Venues at TD Place. “Last year’s game, in front of 12,500 fans, came right down to the wire with Carleton winning on a last second “Hail Mary” TD catch and it was a great way to re-introduce the game to its traditional home here at Lansdowne. Mark the September 4 on-sale date on your calendar. It’s going to be a big crowd.”
“It was great to be out on that field last year and feel the energy from over 12,000 fans yelling and cheering on every play,” said Derek Wendel, quarterback of the Gee-Gees football team, this year’s home team. “It was back and forth all afternoon and this year’s game is going to be just as incredible.”
“The Panda Game is one of the highlights of football not only in the city but across the CIS,” said Carleton Ravens Football head coach Steve Sumarah. “In its first year at TD Place it drew over 12,000 fans and my expectation is it will only continue to grow. The rivalry and tradition are second to none in the CIS and it is great having OSEG partner with the two schools to make this a first class event.”
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. In 2014, the game returned to Lansdowne with that thrilling 33-31 Ravens victory but uOttawa still leads the 46 season Panda series 33-13.
(Courtesy TD Place)