DateFebruary 7, 2020
- February 7, 2020 @ 6:00 PM
As the Arena at TD Place gears up to be the epicentre of Canadian university basketball for the U SPORTS Men’s and Women’s Final 8 in March, the nation’s top basketball rivalry will take over TD Place for the annual Capital Hoops Classic on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.
In partnership with the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group (OSEG), another chapter of the Rivalry Series will be brought to TD Place this season.
“We at TD Place are thrilled to be hosting the biggest U SPORTS rivalry games this side of Panda,” said Mark Goudie, President and CEO of OSEG, operator of the TD Place stadium/arena complex. “This will be the first time the Capital Hoops Classic has been held within walking distance of both campuses so it’ll be a big crowd and a great fan experience.”
Making its debut in 2007, the Capital Hoops Classic has established itself as the premier university basketball regular season event across the nation. Last year, the game saw 9,004 fans in attendance with the record high coming in 2015 with 10,780 attending the double-header.
This season’s Capital Hoops Classic will feature a quartet of nationally-ranked teams with each of the men’s and women’s squads finding themselves in the U SPORTS Top 10 each week of the season thus far.
On the women’s side, the Ottawa Gee-Gees will look to push their winning streak to two games after defeating the Ravens 61-52 last season. The Gee-Gees went on to win the U SPORTS bronze medal, their first national medal since 2012, while Carleton retooled after winning the national title the year prior. This season, both teams will be battling for top spot in the OUA East with the Ravens guaranteed a berth in the Final 8 and the Gee-Gees gunning to earn theirs.
On the men’s side, the Carleton Ravens have been dominant as of late at the Capital Hoops Classic, winning the previous three since Ottawa’s last win in 2016. To start 2019-20, both teams have been tied atop the OUA East standings. The Ravens are building a strong case to defend their national title, while the Gee-Gees are once again gaining steam as the challenger to the throne having already secured their trip back to TD Place come March.
“Capital Hoops is an essential event to each basketball season,” said Sue Hylland, Director of Sports Services at the University of Ottawa. “As we gear up for the Men’s and Women’s Final 8, this will be a fantastic opportunity for both campus communities to come together for an amazing night of basketball between four of the nation’s best teams.”
“We have a strong basketball community in Ottawa and both universities men’s and women’s basketball programs are a reflection of that,” said Jennifer Brenning, Assistant Vice President of Recreation and Athletics at Carleton University. “It is an amazing sporting event with an incredible atmosphere of school spirit. We are looking forward to bringing this event to TD Place which is centrally located and between the two campuses.”
The women’s game will be set for a 6 p.m. tip-off, while the men’s game will get underway at 8 p.m.