#1. The largest regular season University Football Game in Canada
Last year’s Panda game hosted a record breaking 24,420 fans! Feel the electric energy at TD Place when the Gee-Gees play Carleton on September 29th. Let’s fill the stands with Garnet and Grey.
#2. It’s the 50th year.
This year marks the 50th Panda Game in the history of the match, with the first every game played in 1955. From 1999 until 2012, the game was put on hold due to the Carleton Ravens folding their program after the 1998 season. In 2013, the Panda Game saw a triumphant return when the Gee-Gees defeated the Ravens at newly opened Gee-Gees Field. Upon it’s opening in 2014, the game has shifted to TD Place, where it has been played in front of sold out crowds since.
#3. First of the 3 Big Rivalry Events against Carleton
First there’s the Panda Game, then the rivalry heats up once again for the Nov. 16 Colonel By Classic as the Gee-Gees Women’s teams meet the Ravens at 11 a.m. at the Minto Sports Complex and the Men’s hockey match up at 7 p.m. at TD Place Arena. Be sure not to miss out the Capital Hoops Classic on February 1st when both the women’s and men’s basketball teams battle it out on the court.
#4. Battle of nationally ranked teams
After the first 3 weeks of the regular season, both the uOttawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens have been ranked in the U SPORTS Top 10. Coming off of a season where the Gee-Gees made it to play-offs, the Ravens are looking to find their way back in to the playoff conversation. With the Panda Game being right in the middle of the season, the game is an important one for determining play off positioning.
#5. BECAUSE IT’S PANDA.
No other words need to be spoken because these words describe entirely the atmosphere, experience and history of the game.