TORONTO – U SPORTS, Sports & Entertainment Atlantic (S|E|A) and Dalhousie University are pleased to announce a return to a weekend schedule for the 2019 U SPORTS Men’s Final 8 - the men’s basketball university national championship - to be played at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, N.S., March 8-10, 2019.
The Calgary Dinos are the 2018 U SPORTS national champions, capturing their first-ever national men’s basketball title, following a last-second 79-77 victory over the Ryerson Rams, who defeated the seven-time defending champion Carleton Ravens, in an epic semifinal and rematch of the 2017 title contest.
2019 U SPORTS Men’s Final 8 detailed schedule (All times are in Halifax local time)
Teams and matchups will be known the weekend previous to the competition, following the official seeding.
Thursday, March 7
7 p.m. AST 2019 U SPORTS Men’s Basketball All-Canadian Awards
Friday, March 8
12 p.m. AST Quarterfinal #1
2 p.m. AST Quarterfinal #2
6 p.m. AST Quarterfinal #3
8 p.m. AST Quarterfinal #4: Dalhousie Tigers opening game
Saturday, March 9
12 p.m. AST Consolation Semifinal #1: Loser QF 1 vs. Loser QF 2
2 p.m. AST Consolation Semifinal #2: Loser QF 3 vs. Loser QF 4
6 p.m. AST* Championship Semifinal #1: Winner QF 1 vs. Winner QF 2 (Sportsnet Broadcast)
8 p.m. AST* Championship Semifinal #2: Winner QF 3 vs. Winner QF 4 (Sportsnet Broadcast)
Sunday, March 10
12 p.m. ADT Consolation Final
2 p.m. ADT Bronze Medal Game
6 p.m. ADT* Championship Final (Sportsnet Broadcast)
* Time of the games on Sportsnet are subject to change
“The City of Halifax and Scotiabank Centre are undeniably a hub for Canadian university basketball, with a strong history dating back nearly three decades,” said Lisette Johnson-Stapley, Chief Sport Officer at U SPORTS. “We are confident that Dalhousie University and S|E|A| Organizing Committee will deliver a first-rate championship for both our student-athletes and U SPORTS basketball fans.”
“Dalhousie is thrilled to play host to the U SPORTS Final 8 Men’s Basketball Championship for the second time in three years,” stated Tim Maloney, Executive Director, Athletics & Recreation, Dalhousie University. We are honoured to build on the great tradition Halifax has built with the Final 8 and we are motivated to continue to raise the bar with our partners Sports & Entertainment Atlantic given the importance of this event to our campus and our community.”
Tournament ticket packages will be available through Ticket Atlantic as of Friday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. AT and include a reserved seat of your choice for all six (6) tickets events. Tournament package pricing is $150 for Adults, $125 for Seniors (60+) and only $75 for Students and Youth (12 & under). All ticket prices include HST but are subject to a processing fee and can be purchased online or by phone through Ticket Atlantic. Tournament floor seats and VIP corporate ticket packages are available exclusively through Sports & Entertainment Atlantic. Fans interested in purchasing VIP packages can contact Gillian by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 902.444.3773.
For further details about the U SPORTS Men’s Final 8, please visit the event website here.