SPARTANS GET FIRST LOOK AT THE HALIFAX METRO CENTRE

MEN’S BASKETBALL (CIS FINAL8)
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2011

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SPARTANS GET FIRST LOOK AT THE HALIFAX METRO CENTRE



HALIFAX
– On Thursday afternoon at 12 p.m. AST the Trinity Western men’s basketball team stepped onto the floor of the Halifax Metro Centre for the first time in the history of Spartans basketball. For everyone other than for forward Jacob Doerksen, who was at the CIS championship as a member of the Victoria Vikes as a freshman five years ago, it was a historic moment for the Spartans.

The Metro Centre has a capacity of 11,093 and hosted the highest attended CIS championship game mere months after opening in 1978 when the host Saint Mary’s defeated fellow AUS school Acadia 99-91 in front of 11,000 fans to win the then CIAU championship.

But despite the large venue and potentially large crowds it will not be something new for the Spartans. Earlier this year the Spartans hosted NCAA Div. I Minnesota Golden Gophers in the arena bowl of the Langley Events Centre, which seats 5,000. And last season TWU traveled to Utah for NCAA games with BYU and Utah State where they played in a hostile environment in front of 7,000 and 9,000 fans. Also adding to the Spartans quick acclimatization is that in addition to Doerksen TWU’s Tyrell Mara and Kyle Coston have also experienced the pressure play-off experience as members of the NCAA Div I Portland University men’s basketball team that made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2008 and 209.

The Metro Centre is in the heart of downtown Halifax and is also host to the Halifax Mooseheads hockey team of the QMJHL and the Halifax Rainmen of the IBL.

The Spartans will open their quest to host the W.P. McGee Trophy, which is given to the CIS Men’s Basketball Champion, Friday morning against the OUA champion Lakehead University Thunderwolves at 11:15 a.m. PST. The game can be seen live on SSN Canada at http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/mbkb/index.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-one universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca.

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Last Updated: 2011-03-10
Author: Mark Janzen