Panda Game Returns to TD Place
Ottawa, ON – The euphoria and thrills of the Panda Game presented by Air Canada return to TD Place on October 1st as the Carleton University Ravens and University of Ottawa Gee-Gees football teams clash in what promises to be another memorable afternoon between these two CIS rivals. Tickets for the 2016 Panda Game go on sale August 25th at 10:00 a.m. at TDPlace.ca, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.
“I can’t think of a better atmosphere for a Canadian university sporting event than what we’ve seen here at TD Place these last two years for the Panda Game,” said Mike Cerha, VP Entertainment and Venues at TD Place. “From the Hail Mary touchdown in 2014 to the double-overtime game last year – I can’t wait to see what the 2016 Panda Game has in store for the students, alumni and fans.”
The first Panda Game was played at Lansdowne Park in 1955 and continued annually until the 1998 season. The Ravens returned to the gridiron in 2013 and the Panda Game returned to Lansdowne in 2014. That edition saw Carleton win their first Panda Game since 1994 thanks to an incredible ‘Hail Mary’ at TD Place. Last season the Ravens edged the Gee-Gees in a double-overtime thriller, 48-45, which was the highest scoring result in Panda Game history. The Gee-Gees own the all-time series with a record of 33-14 (Ravens are 2-1 since their return in 2013).
With almost 13,000 in attendance for the return of the Panda Game to TD Place in 2014, last year’s edition saw the crowd jump to over 17,000 – the largest crowd at a regular season CIS game last season.
Carleton open their 2016 OUA campaign August 28th at McMaster before hosting Western on their September 4th home opener. The Gee-Gees travel to Waterloo to open their season September 5th and host McMaster for their home opener on September 10th.