Monday, 21 January 2008

FINAL 8 Information

The CIS Nationals are less than 2 months away and the organizing committee is working diligently to ensure that fans have the most positive experience possible. The CIS web site was recently updated with relevant information for fans, both in the Capital Region and across Canada, wanting to attend. Here are some hopefully relevant facts to consider as you plan your trip to the watch the Nationals in Ottawa. For last season's Capital Hoops Classic, Carleton University organized free shuttle buses for fans in the downtown area - my guess is that there are similar plans for the Nationals - I'm trying to confirm. I can speak to the quality of the bars/restaurants at Scotiabank Place including Marshy's, which has been a solid pre-and-post game spot, usually with bands and plenty of partying. There are six restaurants in all in the building including the Ledge Carvery & Bar, Local Heroes Hockey Country Lodge, Club Red, Senate Club, Frank Finnigan's and Marshy's. Feel free to email/comment if there are other items that aren't covered in this initial summary. Here is the official CIS Final 8 page

Ticket Packages are currently on sale via (613) 599-FANS (3267). For group sales information, please contact Dan Nielsen at 613-599-4283 or

Sideline Floor Package - $200.00
End Floor Package - $150.00
Club Seat Package - $125.00
Centre Court Package - $100.00
Upper bowl centre court Package - $75.00
Lower bowl end package - $60.00

Seating capacity: 19,600 with 17,350 general admission seats, 2250 suite seats
Official Championships Hotel:
Ottawa Marriot Hotel
Address: 100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7
Phone: 613-783-4201
Fax: 613-783-4228
Contact person: Dan Donaldson, Director of Event Management
Parents & Fans Reservations: $119.00 plus applicable taxes. Reservations can be made by contacting Hudson Travel at 877-880-1502 or 613-834-5638

There will also be a players clinic, coaches clinic and Junior Boys tournament held:

Date: Thursday, March 13, 2008
Site: Scotiabank Place
Schedule: 5:00 p.m. TO 8:00 p.m
Ages: 10 to 16

Date: Saturday, March 15th, 2008
Site: Norm Fenn Gymnasium, Carleton University
Schedule: Registration 8:30 a.m., Clinic 9:00 – noon

Date: March 14-16, 2008
Site: Located at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa
Schedule: TBC

Stay tuned for more relevant information as it becomes available. Let me know what else readers need to know.

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