October 18, 2013, VANCOUVER (ISN) – For the first time in more than three decades, the CIS men’s basketball Final Eight national championship will be played west of Ontario.
Today, UBC was awarded the right to host the prestigious event in 2016, at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre, which has already been the venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics and three Davis Cup tennis ties.
“On behalf of the University of British Columbia, we are thrilled and honoured to host the 2016 Final Eight at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. We welcome the opportunity to showcase and promote the sport of basketball, the excellence of Canadian student-athletes and the CIS brand in Vancouver – the first time it has been held in the west since 1982,” said Theresa Hanson, Associate Director, Intercollegiate & High Performance Sport at UBC.
“The Final Eight will serve as a way to tie past successes and the present standard of excellence of the UBC men’s basketball team, to the many young players who love the sport in Vancouver and British Columbia. We are ready to welcome CIS and showcase the best and brightest student-athletes in Canadian university sport!”
Victoria was the last Canada West school to host the CIS men’s basketball Final Eight, in 1982. The tournament was last at UBC in 1972, when the Thunderbirds captured the national title on home court.