Hot sporting events on campus and in London

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

With the arrival of fall, a number of spectator sports are coming into season. If you’re a sports fan, it’s definitely worthwhile to see a few sporting events around London over the course of the year. Here’s our guide to sports in London, as well as our picks for each sport’s must-see games.

Football
Western’s varsity football team plays on campus at TD Waterhouse Stadium. They host Queen’s, Ottawa, Windsor and Toronto this season, and should field a promising team. While Homecoming tickets are somewhat pricey at $20 each, all other games are $5 for students. Both home and away games are broadcast on CHRW 94.9 FM.
Featured game:
Western vs. Windsor, Sept. 29 @ 1p.m., TD Waterhouse (Homecoming)

Hockey
Western’s men and women’s hockey teams play home games at Thompson Arena. Games are scheduled from Thursday to Sunday, and tickets are $6 each. As it’s a smaller venue, Thompson creates an intense atmosphere for the spectator.

For high-level junior hockey, the OHL’s London Knights play at John Labatt Centre. Tickets are available to students for $13.50.
Featured games:
Western men vs. Lakehead Feb. 9 @ 7:05pm & Feb 10 @ 2p.m., Thompson
Western women vs. Toronto, Nov. 10 @ 4p.m., Thompson

Volleyball
Both the men’s and women’s squads play at Alumni Hall, usually on weekends at a ticket cost of $3. Both teams have been impressive in the last couple of years, and they draw a fairly good crowd, making for an exciting atmosphere in the stands.
Featured games:
Western men vs. York, Jan 18 @ 8p.m., Alumni Hall
Western women vs. Ottawa, Nov 3 @ 6p.m., Alumni Hall

Basketball
Western’s up-and-coming men’s team, highlighted by a very strong recruiting class, competes at Alumni Hall alongside a women’s squad that has been strong in recent years and returns virtually all its starters. Tickets are $3 for students, and most games are played on weekends or Wednesday nights.
Featured games:
Western men vs. McMaster, Feb 16 @ 2p.m., Alumni Hall
Western women vs. McMaster, Oct 21 @ 7p.m., Alumni Hall

" with files from James Hayes

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