As Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is rich in priceless cultural assets, but did you know that it is also rich in sports experiences? In any season, you’ll find an exciting competition or professional-level game taking place! Learn more about Ottawa’s exciting sports scene here and the events that are coming up in the 2016-2017 season.
Over the summer, from roughly April until the end of October (Oct. 29), you can catch 16 exciting home games of the Ottawa Fury FC! This is Ottawa’s professional North American Soccer League (NASL) team. Catch a game at the city’s new TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne, which overlooks the beautiful Rideau Canal; Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site!
The Fury FC played its first game at TD Place on July 20, 2014 against the NY Cosmos. In 2015, TD Place Stadium was also the site of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Over the summer months, from mid-May to early-September, you can catch an Ottawa Champions game. “The Champs,” as they’re known locally, are Ottawa’s Can-Am League baseball team!
This team, which plays other teams from nearby Rockland, Trois-Rivières, New Jersey, Sussex County and Garden State, played its inaugural game in Ottawa on May 22, 2015. The Champs play at the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park, located just on the edge of Ottawa’s downtown core.
On June 25-29, 2016, Ottawa and Gatineau will be host to Canada’s top cyclists as the National Capital region welcomes the Global Relay Canadian Road Cycling Championships. In addition to racing, the road and criterium events will feature a variety of activities and attractions for spectators, family members as well as the local cycling and corporate communities. Get ready for some exciting, high-speed action as about 400 cyclists will participate.
This year, from July 22-24, the Canadian Triathlon Championships will take place in Ottawa. Cheer from the sidelines and watch up to 1,200 athletes fight to be the best as they make their way through some of the city’s scenic locations.
From July through to November, catch nine home games of the Ottawa REDBLACKS, Ottawa’s professional Canadian Football League (CFL) team. Last season, the REDBLACKS went all the way to the Grey Cup Championship, but were unfortunately defeated by the Edmonton Eskimos.
Like the Fury FC, the Ottawa REDBLACKS also play at TD Place Stadium. This team made its CFL debut on July 3, 2014 in Winnipeg, Man. Don’t miss the Ottawa REDBLACKS’ 2016 home opener against the Calgary Stampeders on July 8, 2016!
ON THE ICE
OTTAWA SENATORS HOCKEY:
With the arrival of cooler weather, comes the Ottawa Senators’ 2016 NHL hockey season and the quest for the coveted Stanley Cup! This beloved hockey team has been in Ottawa since 1992 and plays just west of the city’s downtown core at Canadian Tire Centre, roughly from October into the spring.
Did you know that this team are the modern-day Ottawa Senators? The original Ottawa Senators were a founding member of the National Hockey League (NHL) and won 11 Stanley Cups before being moved to St. Louis in 1934. Game dates for the 2016-2017 hockey season have yet to be announced.
Insider tip: In 2017, a monument to Lord Stanley of Preston – the man behind the famous Stanley Cup – will be unveiled at the corner of Sparks Street and Elgin Street in Ottawa’s downtown core. The unveiling is scheduled for March 18, 2017, which will mark the 125th anniversary of the day Lord Stanley donated the trophy to be awarded to Canada’s top hockey team each year.
RED BULL CRASHED ICE 2017:
This is a Signature 2017 event, so you’ll want to mark your calendar! In March 2017, Ottawa will be the site of the final leg of the Red Bull Ice Cross Downhill World Championship! Get ready for this high-energy, adrenaline-packed event that will see some of the world’s best athletes compete on the famous locks of the Rideau Canal, framed by Parliament Hill and the beautiful Fairmont Château Laurier. You won’t want to miss this.
ROAR OF THE RINGS 2017:
If curling is your thing, this is another exciting 2017 event that you won’t want to miss. Be in Ottawa to see some of the best curlers in Canada battle it out for a coveted spot at PyeongChang 2018. The Roar of the Rings is an Olympic qualifying event!
These are only some of the sports events that will be taking place in Ottawa over the coming year and into 2017; Canada’s big 150th anniversary year! A few other exciting 2017 events include the 2017 Vintage Rugby Carnival and the 2017 Whitewater CanoeKayak National Championships. To learn more about upcoming sports events or how to hold a sports event in Ottawa, browse Ottawa Tourism’s website.