BU to host free viewing parties to cheer on Bobcats championship run

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Brandon University will host free viewing parties this weekend, giving hometown Bobcats fans a chance to watch live as the men’s volleyball team pursues a national championship.

Bobcat fans have been enthusiastic this season, filling the Healthy Living Centre for home games and cheering loudly as the Bobcats went on a record-setting season. The free viewing parties will bring fans together as the Bobcats make their run at a national championship. All attending the viewing parties are encouraged to wear their Bobcats gear and to bring Bobcat noisemakers to create a fun and fan-friendly atmosphere.

The number-one ranked Bobcats are in Quebec for the USports nationals after winning the Canada West title at home last weekend. The Bobcats play first against the eighth-ranked Montreal Carabins, with the match scheduled for a noon start (Brandon time) on Friday, March 15.

The Friday game will be livestreamed to the big screen in the Healthy Living Centre. Bleachers will be pulled out for a fan experience, and the canteen will be open, with food and drink available for purchase. Brandon University staff, faculty and students are all encouraged to attend, if they are able.

Depending on the results of Friday’s game, the Bobcats could play at different times on Saturday and Sunday.

Brandon University is planning to stream both Saturday semifinals on dual screens set up in Harvest Hall, the university cafeteria. The first semifinal starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday, and is when the Bobcats are most likely to play. The second semifinal will play at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, the Harvest Hall screens will again show a pair of matches, with the bronze-medal game set for noon and the USports national championship final set for 3 p.m.

Harvest Hall can accommodate up to 500 fans, and will offer food and drink for purchase. On Saturday and Sunday, Harvest Hall will also feature a modified Prize Patrol for fans, as well as a kids table.

Entry to all livestreamed viewing parties will be free. Those who can’t make the viewing parties can also stream all championship games from USports.live for a small fee.