Students from the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University filled the Saddledome for the seventh annual Crowchild Classic. Only one small change this year — a $5 ticket price tag.
The funds raised from the event have yet to be added up and divided. Once done, the universities will decide on the wellness initiatives they wish to fund for the students, explained Jarron Mueller, sports information coordinator for Mount Royal University Cougar Athletics & Recreation.
According to Mueller, there was no negative impact on attendance from the new price tag on the tickets.
“There were just under 11,500 people that showed up. It was an increase from last year, it was top three of all time [for attendance]...We were really happy with how many people came out.”
The games took place Jan. 29 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. A win of 2-1 went to the U of C Dinos men’s team. The women’s game resulted in the same score, a 2-1 win for the Dinos women’s team.
Students didn’t seem to be bothered by the change. First-year MRU student Ryan Dunning said it’s good the money is going to a good cause.
“Five dollars isn’t a massive burden,” Dunning said. “Most students will spend more on alcohol at the game.”
No decision has been made on the possibility of a $5 entry fee for next year’s game.
This story appears in the March/April issue of the Calgary Journal. You can find an online copy here and at newsstands across the city.
- By Shelby Dechant