OTTAWA - U SPORTS announced Thursday its hosts for the 2019-2021 U SPORTS Championships in men’s and women’s basketball. A joint bid by the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group (OSEG) was selected as a successful bid, bringing the men’s and women’s basketball national championships to The Arena at TD Place in 2020.
“The bids that we received were excellent which demonstrates a strong interest in hosting a U SPORTS national championship,” said Graham Brown, President and CEO of U SPORTS. “It is encouraging to see our member institutions developing creative ways to host national championships offering the best experience for our student-athletes as well as for Canadian sports fans, and guaranteeing the best attendance on site. This is promising for the future of U SPORTS and all of its members.”
The men’s Final 8 returns to Ottawa after five memorable tournaments in 2008-2010 and 2013-2014 were held in the nation’s capital. 2020 will be the first women’s Final 8 in Ottawa, although uOttawa hosted a national regional tournament in 2012.
“We look forward to making this event special for everyone involved, and to raising the profile and visibility of U SPORTS and University Sport through a strong and supportive Partnership Committee with Carleton and OSEG,” said Sue Hylland, Director of uOttawa Sports Services.
“We’re very excited to host an event of this calibre,” said Bernie Ashe, CEO at OSEG. “The partnership between ourselves, uOttawa and Carleton has re-established the glory of the Panda Game – setting attendance records in the process – and we'll approach these championships with the same energy and commitment to celebrate the top student-athletes in our country.”
Both championships will take place on the same weekend, March 5-8, 2020, bringing 16 elite university basketball programs to the nation’s capital to compete for national glory.