Editorial: Capital Hoops needs to move to a better venue

This year the annual Capital Hoops Classic saw a drop in attendance of 1,500 people. With an official attendance of 8,579, this is the lowest attendance the game has had since 2014. If Carleton and the University of Ottawa (U of O) hope to keep Capital Hoops relevant, they need to reconsider the Canadian Tire Centre as the host of the event. The Canadian Tire Centre is over a 30 minute drive (with no traffic) from Carleton’s campus, and even farther from the U of O, meaning that for students, the travel time alone to Capital Hoops could exceed two hours. Add on the fact that the night features two games, a student would have to spend nearly six hours […]

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Editorial: Capital Hoops games should alternate times

Capital Hoops is the annual matchup between the Carleton University Ravens and the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees men’s and women’s basketball teams. The games take place at the Canadian Tire Centre, with the women’s team playing at 6 p.m. this year, followed by the men’s team, who start at 8 p.m. Every year, for the past three years, the Capital Hoops matchup game has drawn over 10,000 students. However, as anyone who has watched both the men’s and women’s teams games will tell you, the turnout for women’s games is noticeably lower than the men’s game. Tickets for both games are sold together, so there is no data on how many students turn out for the women’s […]

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Capital Hoops Classic: Women’s Basketball Preview

The Carleton Ravens women’s basketball team is set to take on cross-town rivals, the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees, in the annual Capital Hoops Classic on Feb. 2, at the Canadian Tire Centre. Carleton is entering the game on an 18 game win streak and remain undefeated in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) this season. The Ravens have moved up the national rankings to second place, while the U of O remains outside of the top 10. Despite coming in hot, the Ravens will not be taking the Gee-Gees lightly. “As with every game that we play against the University of Ottawa, and especially in past Capital Hoops Classic games, I expect another close affair,” said Ravens head coach, […]

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Editorial: Extend marketing of rivalry games to other CU sports

Panda Game is the largest U Sports event in Canada with last year’s crowd coming in at 23,329 spectators and this year’s game on pace to sell just as well. Along with Panda Game, Carleton has heavily marketed rivalry games with the University of Ottawa (U of O) in basketball (Capital Hoops) and men’s hockey (the Colonel By Classic). While these varsity sports pull massive crowds with their rivalry games, club sports are neglected and their games against the U of O come and go with little to no marketing. For example, this month the Ravens baseball team played their rivals from the U of O in a three-game O-Train Series. Given the lack of marketing of this series, how […]

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Carleton sports: Top 10 games of the year

The 2016 calendar year was another entertaining one across Carleton’s various sports teams. Men’s basketball won yet another national championship, its sixth consecutive, while men’s hockey made an appearance at nationals for the second time in three seasons. The story of the year, however, was Ravens football. Steve Sumarah’s fourth-year program went 6-2, upsetting Western and winning Panda for a third-straight year in the process. With two graduating players ranked on CFL draft boards in slotback Nate Behar and offensive lineman Kwabena Aware, it may not be long before we see a Carleton player make his professional debut. This year’s list is more homogenous than the column I wrote last year, featuring fewer women’s games and tier-II sports. This is […]

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