Vikes rev up for home opener

Posters given to first 300 fans at Saturday's UVic basketball game against the Calgary Dinos

Sarah Taylor with the Saanich News

The UVic Vikes are teaming up with Saanich News and Big Wheel Burger to create lasting memories with sports fans.

The Vikes host the Calgary Dinos Nov. 12 in their Canada West season home opener. In addition to all the excitement on the floor and the great atmosphere in the sparkling CARSA Performance Gym, Saturday will also be poster night, where the first 300 fans through the gates will receive a collectors poster featuring the men’s and women’s basketball team autographed by the players.

“We wanted to reach out to the community this year and draw fans to the game,” said Vikes marketing officer Zac Andrus. “It’s also jersey night that night, so any kids that wear their night league or school team jerseys get in for free.”

Big Wheel Burger co-owner Calen McNeil sees the poster night as a perfect fit for the restaurant.

“We just opened up our Gateway Village location across from Uptown mall and wanted to get involved in Saanich. We’re really excited to support [poster night].”

Oliver Sommer, Saanich News publisher adds: “The Vikes provide world-class varsity sports entertainment in a state-of-the-art facility right here in our community. We are proud to partner with the Vikes and Big Wheel Burger to add to the excitement with poster giveaway night.”

Andrus is inviting the community to come out for the high-energy experience of a live game complete with state-of-the-art technology, mascot antics, cheerleaders and the energetic fan base.

“It’s a beautiful new gym. The experience here is far and above anything you’ll see at a Canadian university basketball game,” he said.

Tip off for the women’s game is 5 p.m., with the men’s team hitting the court at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $12 for adults and include entrance to the Lynda and Murray Farmer Walk of Excellence. You can order your tickets online at vikestickets.universitytickets.com or pick them up on game night at the CARSA main lobby. Find out more at govikesgo.com.

 

 

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