Change to championship schedule announced
(HALIFAX, N.S.) – Tickets for the 2020 Subway AUS Basketball Championships, presented by Keep it Social and PepsiCo Canada, are now on sale through Ticket Atlantic. This year's championship weekend will take place Friday, Feb. 28 to Sunday March 1, 2020 at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax.
New this season will be a championship schedule in which each doubleheader features one women's game and one men's game—emulating the format of the AUS regular season.
This will include the joining together of Sunday's championship final games into one doubleheader event.
"We're looking forward to another exceptional weekend of basketball," said executive director Phil Currie. "After five years of hosting the women's and men's championships together at Scotiabank Centre, we've decided to integrate the two schedules and have our postseason look more like our regular season."
The men's championship was hosted at Scotiabank Centre for the first time the year the facility opened in 1979 and has been hosted there over 30 times in the years since. The women's championship began running concurrently with the men's in 2015 as a pilot project and was announced as a permanent yearly fixture in 2018.
On the women's side, two-time defending AUS champion Acadia Axewomen will look to defend their title. Heading into the holiday break, the Axewomen currently sit second in the AUS standings with a 6-1 record. They trail the Memorial Sea-Hawks (6-2) who were runners up in last year's conference championship.
The current AUS women's basketball standings are available here: http://atlanticuniversitysport.com/sports/wbkb/2019-20/standings.
On the men's side, the defending champion Dalhousie Tigers—who have captured four of the last five conference titles—sit in first place heading into the holiday break with an undefeated 6-0 record. The Memorial Sea-Hawks sit in second place (5-3), while the UNB Reds are currently in third (4-3).
The current AUS men's basketball standings are available here: http://atlanticuniversitysport.com/sports/mbkb/2019-20/standings.
Ticket packages can be purchased through the Ticket Atlantic box office by calling (902)451-1221 or their toll-free line at 1-877-451-1221. Packages can also be obtained online through the Ticket Atlantic website at www.ticketatlantic.com. Tickets for the best seats in the house are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fans are encouraged to call early to secure their seats.
Those looking to buy floor packages may do so by calling the AUS office directly at (902)425-4235.
Floor 'super packages', which include a seat to all 10 games, are available at the reduced price of $145 this season. Lower bowl super packages will be sold at a cost of $110 for adults, $65 for seniors (60+) and students, and $25 for youth under 12.
Tickets for individual sessions will go on sale one week prior to the championship once team seeding and the tournament schedules have been determined.
Fans are encouraged to check out their favourite teams at www.atlanticuniversitysport.com for a look back at first semester play, current standings and the upcoming winter schedule as 16 AUS teams compete for a spot in the 2020 Subway AUS Basketball Championships.
The championship weekend will be filled with entertainment for all ages. Each of the games will feature a half-time show with live music, dancing, exciting contests and more. Giveaways and fan competitions will take place during timeouts and between quarters.
The championship weekend will consist of 10 games – five men's and five women's – played amongst the top six men's and top six women's teams in AUS.
The new weekend schedule will be as follows:
1 p.m. – Women's Quarterfinal 1
3 p.m. – Men's Quarterfinal 1
6:30 p.m. – Women's Quarterfinal 2
8:30 p.m. – Men's Quarterfinal 2
1 p.m. – Women's Semifinal 1
3 p.m. – Men's Semifinal 1
6:30 p.m. – Women's Semifinal 2
8:30 p.m. – Men's Semifinal 2
1 p.m. – Women's Final
4:30 p.m. – Men's Final
Teams will be competing for their respective 2020 AUS basketball championship banners and the opportunity to compete in their U SPORTS national championships.
The U SPORTS men's and women's basketball championships are being jointly hosted by Carleton University and the University of Ottawa March 5-8, 2020.
The Atlantic conference is guaranteed just one berth aside in the women's and men's national championships, however both will also have an at-large berth up for grabs.
For more information on the U SPORTS championships, please visit https://usports.ca/en/championships/final-8/f/info and https://usports.ca/en/championships/final-8/m/info.