Feb 06, 2015
OTTAWA (CIS) – A CIS basketball attendance record could fall on Friday night when the Carleton University Ravens and University of Ottawa Gee-Gees face off in the ninth annual MBNA Capital Hoops Classic at the Canadian Tire Centre, in Ottawa.
Tip-off for the women’s game is set for 6 p.m., with the much-anticipated contest between the top two men’s teams in the country following at 8 p.m.
As of mid-afternoon on Friday, over 10,000 tickets had already been sold for the event, a few hundred shy of the CIS basketball regular season record of 10,523 fans set at the 2009 Capital Hoops Classic (Jan. 28).
That 2009 Hoops Classic attendance ranks fifth on the all-time CIS basketball list. The gold standard was established on Oct. 25, 2004 at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton where McMaster and Memorial played a men’s non-conference game in front of 12,139 fans as part of the “Basketball vs. Bullying: One-on-One” event.
The 2003 and 2005 editions of “Basketball vs. Bullying: One-on-One” rank second and fourth in CIS basketball annals with crowds of 11,853 and 10,877, respectively. The 1978 CIS men’s championship final between Acadia and Saint Mary’s sits in third place (11,000).
MBNA CAPITAL HOOPS CLASSIC: ALL-TIME WINNERS & ATTENDANCE
2014: Ottawa women 57-47 / Carleton men 82-58 (attendance: 6,604)
2013: Carleton women 68-50 / Carleton men 63-58 (attendance: 6,208)
2012: Ottawa women 59-55 / Carleton men 74-34 (attendance: 7,022)
2011: Carleton women 71-63 2OT / Carleton men 78-65 (attendance: 7,565)
2010: Carleton women 53-40 / Carleton men 74-66 (attendance: 8,074)
2009: Carleton women 62-53 / Carleton men 87-72 (attendance: 10,523) *
2008: Carleton women 53-43 / Carleton men 70-66 (attendance: 9,124)
2007: No women’s game / Ottawa men 64-62 (attendance: 9,730)
* CIS basketball regular season record
TOP 5 CIS BASKETBALL CROWDS (all games included)
12,139 (men): Memorial vs. McMaster (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Oct. 25, 2004)
11,853 (men): UNB vs. McMaster (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Oct. 30, 2003)
11,000 (men): Acadia vs. Saint Mary’s (Halifax, March 1978)
10,877 (men): McGill vs. McMaster (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Oct. 25, 2005)
10,523 (women/men): Carleton vs. Ottawa (Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Jan. 28, 2009)
NOTES: The three McMaster games at Copps Coliseum were part of the “Basketball vs. Bullying: One-on-One” event and were all non-conference games… The 1978 game in Halifax was the CIS championship final… The 2009 MBNA Capital Hoops Classic in Ottawa set an attendance record for a CIS basketball regular season event.
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