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The Gateway ♦ volume c number I 


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Y OU THERE—YES, YOU WITH THE NEWSPAPER! STEP RIGHT UP AND SET 
YOUR SIGHTS UPON SOME OF THE FINEST PERFORMERS THAT BOTH 
PROFESSIONAL AND YARSITY SPORTS HAS TO OFFER, RIGHT HERE IN YOUR 
OWN BACKYARD! IT TAKES A SMALL ARMY TO STOP 'EM. AND AN EVEN 
LARGER ONE 70 TOP 'EM! 


Whether you're stuck playing three- 
card Monte with your weekend plans, 
or a student looking to preserve some 
bucks without feeling like you've 
been hoodwinked by sticky-fingered 
grifters. the Edmonton sports scene 
provides fans of all ages the chance to 
catch some of the best games in town. 

Feast your eyes upon the top ath¬ 
letes in Canadian Interuniversity Sport 
(CIS) as Alberta's own Golden Bears and 
Pandas strive to add to the multitude oi 
batmen, currently hanging from the 
various rafters right here on the U of A 
campus. Many of the men and women 
competing in Canadas varsity sports 
league not only represent their respective 


schools, but have also competed for their 
country in international events, such as 
the Olympic Games, as well as Canadian 
junior hockey leagues. 

And if you're seeking something 
more than the handiwork of these 
fine, young stallions, the local profes¬ 
sional sports scene — featuring sis 
teams in major and major-junior leagues 
operating out of both Canada and 
the United States — awaits you beyond 
the curtain. 

So don't be a rube — let this handy 
guide lead you on a thrilling journey 
through the various locales in which to 
catch tremendous feats of athleticism right 
here in Edmomon. 


FOOTE FIELD 111601-68 AVENUE) 

The IJ of As only outdoor multi-purpose 
sporting facility is the place to be to catch 
events in autumn. Home to several teams 
— including Golden Bears football. Pandas 
field hockey, as well as both Bears and 
Pandas soccer — most fixtures take place 
in the afternoon, so this is the place to find 
the sure cure for the weekend blues on the 
cheap. And with Edmonton’s recent I RT 
expansion now providing easier access to 
South Campus, getting to and from Foote 
Field is easier than ever for students. 
Gameday tickets: SI2.50 for adults, S7.50 
for students/seniors, S5.00 for U of A 
students. 

CLARE DRAKE ARENA 

Bears and Pandas hockey are winter fix¬ 
tures liere at the U of A, and the only place 
to gaze ujxsn such a spectacle is right here 
at "The Drake". Located right across from 
SUB, Clare Drake Arena lies in the north¬ 
west corner of the Van Vliet Centre. Once 
inside, hold on to your liats because the 
joint gets loud when !>oth teams rekindle 
rivalries with the fiercest competitors from 
Alberta, Saskatchewan, and beyond. 
Gameday tickers: 512.50 for adults, 57. 50 
for studeiits/seniors. B5.O0 for U of A 
students. 

MAIN GYM 

Within walking distance from Clare Drake 
Arena, the Main Gym is the proud home 
of both the Bears and Pandas lusketliall 
teams, the Pandas volleyball team, and the 
reigning CIS Champion Golden Bears vol¬ 
leyball team. One saunter up the stairs of 
tlie Van Vliet Physical Education building 
will lead you to some of the greatest shows 
on earth, where the grandstands are usually 
packed as far as the eye can see for some of 
the most entertaining varsity sports in all 
the land. 

Gameday tickets: 512.50 for adults, 57.50 
for students/seniors. S5.00 for U of A 


REXAU, PLACE (7424-118 AVENUE NW) 

Hockey is one of the biggest draws in 
Edmonton, and nobody draws a bigger 
crowd than the Edmonton Oilers. Though 
tickets can be expensive and sometimes 
hand to come by, if you're willing to put 
in live effort to get your hands on some, 
it', well wurth it — whether or ixji you 


think tile team will actually go anywhere 
this year. For a less-expensive alternative, 
the Oilers just so happei to share Retail 
Race with the Western Hockey League 
counterpans, the Edmonton Oil Kings. 
Both teams are enshrined in history, and 
provide first-class entertainment, so an 
entertaining night out — win or lose — is 
almost certainly guaranteed. 

Tickets: Oilers: $38.50-5235.00, 

Oil Kings: $10-538 

COMMONWEALTH STADIUM 
(11000 STADIUM ROAD) 

Home to Edmonton’s other Green and 
Gokl football squad, the Eskimos call 
Commonwealth Stadium home and peri¬ 
odically "defend the turT' there, as well. 
With nearly 60.000 strong on some nights, 
as well as a "Campus Corner" for all you 
cash-strapped university types, the atmo¬ 
sphere is sure to be one of excitement and 
possibly some rowdiness (on account of 
the beer, lliat is). Though the season has 
already commenced, games still run all the 
way into November. 

Tickets: S16-568 

TELUS FIELD (16233—96 AVENUE NW) 

If it's baseball that you're into, you're in 
luck — catching an Edmonton Capitals 
game just might be the most affordable 
option of all the major sports in the ciry. 
With club seats running at less than S20, 
and numerous promotional nights, this 
budget-friendly ticket isperfeu fora group 
of friends looking for that ballpark atmo¬ 
sphere any night of the week. 

Tickers: 58-17 

NOTABLE GAMES 

September 9, 2009: Bears hockey vs. 
Vancouver Canucks rookies at Clare Drake 
Arena 

September 11, 2009: Bears hockey vs. 
Edmonton Oilers rookies at Clare Drake 
Arena 

October 15-17, 2009: Bears volleyball 
Can-Am Challenge (featuring CIS and 
NCAA opponents) 

October 17, 2009: Bears football vs. U of 
Regina Rams 

November 20, 2009: Bears basketball vs. 
U of Regina Cougars (Greg Francis' home 
debut as Bears basketball's head coach) 
March 5—7, 2010: QS women's volleyball 
championships 



RIDING WITH STRANGERS 

(SO TO SPEAK) 

Though driving is an option for 
students with a vehicle, you 11 look like 
a regular sucker when you're maneuver¬ 
ing tlie parking lots looking for a sjiace 
tltat doesn't exist — and don’t even start 
on the money that you'll haw to fork 
over once you find a stalL In the case 
of Commonwealth Stadium and Rexall 
Place, your best bet is to Itop aboard the 
LRT. which makes direct stops in both 
locations. Tltough tlie trains can get a bit 
crowded after games, you’ll be thanking 


yourself when you’re not cursing loudly 
out of your t ar window, shaking your fist 
at everyone who refuses to let you finagle 
your way out of the lot. As for as Telus 
Field is concerned, driving is a legitimate 
option liere due to the lack of direct 1RT 
service — however, you can hop on the 
number 9 bus from 109 Street and swing 
on by, or if you’re in a pinch and can’t 
afford tlie gas or bus fare, walking to the 
stadium from the University is always an 
option.