ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY SPORT (AUS)
Spending a full day or weekend in Wolfville is well worth your time during late summer or early fall. A wide range of sights, sounds, and activities fulfill all the senses for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Implementing a football game at Raymond Field to your agenda will satisfy any sports fan knowing how consistently competitive the team is.
Prior to this visit, exit 504 on the Trans-Canada Highway was mostly an afterthought. From the highway all you see are signs to gas stations and fast-food establishments. However, take the time to explore the town. You will find a storied university with a deep college football history, and a town with a close connection to nature.
Competing in the Atlantic University Sport Conference (AUS) of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), St. Francis Xavier University has a storied football history. The X-men made several appearances in the Atlantic Bowl throughout the 1950’s and 60’s, prior to the arrival of the Vanier Cup in 1965.
For a pure football fan, attending a game at Huskies Stadium without all the pyrotechnics and entertainment during game breaks may be refreshing. However, the lack of any amusements outside of the mascot, and the absence of crowd engagement leaves a disconnecting feeling between the event and the crowd.
ONTARIO UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS
A trip to see the Carleton Ravens is well worth the time and effort. USports football continues to be an underrated experience which more fans, outside of the university community, should experience. Here’s hoping that improvements can continue at MNP Park and the improvement of the Ravens experience continues to rise.
The Guelph Gryphons have benefited from a generous donation and really put that money to work. The significant improvements to Alumni Stadium have made Guelph a destination in the OUA offering facilities that other schools do not. In the recruiting race the other Ontario schools must reflect on how they will compete with the new norm which is Guelph.
The McMaster Marauders have put a consistently competitive team on the field. In Les Prince Field at Ron Joyce Stadium, the Marauders have one of the best football facilities in the conference and easily one of the most comfortable for fans. It is clear that the Marauders are continuing to build their football legacy. The future continues to look bright.
The Queen’s Gaels offer one of the best experiences in all of football in Canada. They now have the best facility in the conference to go with their experience. Although there have been some bumps in the road, especially with the reduction of some Homecoming traditions, the Gaels will no doubt continue to be one of the best experiences a fan can ask for. The rejuvenation of the Oil Thigh at Richardson Stadium is complete.
The Toronto Varsity Blues have had a rough road through the CIS for decades. They have a great facility in a fantastic, big market city, which should help both at the gates and in recruiting. Be selective when choosing a game and try to avoid a mismatch. If you can do this you will have a great time in Toronto. Otherwise, you may just be singing the Varsity Blues.
The Waterloo Warriors are definitely a program on the rise. Fans are watching closely as the team strives for another playoff appearance. Not only is the program improving on the field, but the university is investing in the football facilities and other athletic facilities. Where the Warriors will be in a decade is anyone’s guess, but it is fairly certain that the Warriors will have a better 10 years ahead than the 10 years in the rear view mirror.
It may be harsh to say that everyone hates Western, but sometimes the truth hurts. The reality is that the rest of the OUA holds a great deal of envy towards the Mustangs and Western University. They have created a program that people should be envious of and they have continued their success over decades.
There are not too many better things to do on a Saturday afternoon in the autumn than catch a good football game. A trip to Knight-Newbrough Field in Waterloo to see the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks is a solid experience for a fairly minor investment. Even after all these years, the Hawks are still Golden.
Catching some Windsor Lancer football at Alumni Field at University of Windsor Stadium is a great way to spend a fall afternoon. Fans have a great opportunity to pair some Windsor football with other sporting events in Windsor or Detroit to make for a fantastic doubleheader or weekend. Checking out the Lancer Life is a good idea and offers great value for the money.