Volume 93, Issue 34

Friday, October 29, 1999


NEWS

11 senaotrs stand tall after election

Incumbent tops BOG votes again

Western told, it takes money to get money

The stadium's last hurrah

Up the down staircases of UWO

Ownership of research a cause for debate in UCC

Briefs

Caught on campus

The stadium's last hurrah



By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

The history, the memories and the tradition, are all that will soon be left as J.W. Little Memorial Stadium hosts its last regular season football game Saturday, marking the end of an era at Western.

J.W. Little Stadium opened its doors in 1929 against the University of Toronto and tomorrow the stadium will come full circle, as the Mustangs host U of T one last time.

There will be a pre-game ceremony to celebrate the stadium's final game including an introduction of the 1989 Vanier Cup champions and a presentation of the game ball by the Labatt Skydivers to retired London Free Press sports writer Bob Gage. A commemorative picture of the stadium will also be taken to accompany an identical picture taken in 1929, said Helen VandeBovenkamp, sports information and promotions director for Intercollegiate Athletics.

Mustang head football coach Larry Haylor confirmed the importance of taking the picture. "It's a nice associate of the one taken 71 years ago. It's a duplication of a dedication taken at the opening of the stadium with the same two teams."

The picture of the stadium is about remembering the Mustang

tradition surrounding J.W. Little's long history, said Darwin Semotiuk, chair of Intercollegiate Athletics. "One of the great things at this university is its tradition. One of its fine traditions is its athletics and the spirit of the athletes. This is a moment to celebrate that tradition," he said.

Haylor said the closing of the stadium carries with it a great deal of emotion. He added he was happy to be a part of the tradition and the celebration as he has spent most of his career coaching the Mustangs.

"There's an appreciation of the moment," Haylor said. "We're going to have our team in that picture, there's going to be a lot of emotion in the game and outside of the game."

Semotiuk explained the weekend match is not only important as a benchmark in Western history. "There's lots of history and memories for athletes, coaches and alumni. This is a significant event that marks the passing of an era and the beginning of a new era," he said.


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