Six AUS schools submit bids to host upcoming CIS championships

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AUS schools vying to host 2015 & 2016 women’s basketball and men’s hockey championships

September 27, 2013, HALIFAX, N.S. – Canadian Interuniversity Sport released a complete list of bid submissions today received for several upcoming national championships. Events available to submit a bid for were the 2014 and 2015 women’s rugby championships as well as the 2015 and 2016 men’s hockey, and men’s and women’s basketball championships.

CIS has received bid proposals from 15 universities throughout the country. AUS had more schools submit bids than any other CIS conference with six schools throwing their hats into the ring for the opportunity to host.

“I think it’s a testament to the strength of the conference as a whole to see this many of our members submitting bids to host national championships,” said executive director Phil Currie. “We wholeheartedly support the efforts of each of our member schools vying for a hosting opportunity.”

Hopeful AUS schools have submitted bids for both the women’s basketball and men’s hockey national championships for both available years.

Both Cape Breton University and the University of New Brunswick have submitted bids to host the 2015 and 2016 women’s basketball championships. UNB has hosted the event twice before in 1975 and 2006. Non-AUS schools to submit bids for women’s basketball include the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Carleton, Laval and the University of Victoria.

A total of three AUS bids were received for the 2015 and 2016 men’s hockey championships.

The University of Prince Edward Island, Acadia University, St. Francis Xavier University and Saint Mary’s University are all vying for the hosting rights to the 2015 and 2016 University Cups. StFX and Saint Mary’s have submitted a joint bid that would see StFX host in 2015 and Saint Mary’s in 2016, both using the Halifax Metro Centre as their venue.

Acadia seeks to host the two University Cups at the Halifax Metro Centre as well, while UPEI would host at the Eastlink Centre in Charlottetown. UPEI is the only school vying for the University Cup to have hosted the event previously (in 1970). The only non-AUS school to submit a men’s hockey bid was Ryerson, bidding only for the 2016 University Cup.

CIS has indicated its championship selection committee will meet during the second week of October to review the bids received. Hosts will then be announced in the days following.

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