When the term “Varsity” arises on campus many things come to mind—The newspaper, the iconic Varsity arena, and often the Varsity sports players themselves. While U of T isn’t known to be extremely athletic, I was astonished by the level of sports involvement at this school. I attended my first football game during Orientation week and was pleasantly surprised by the turnout and the level of intense competition.
In second year I blindly walked into an interview for a ticketing and community outreach position at Varsity Sports and have been working for the organization ever since. While I have to attend most of the games, I’ve learned a tremendous amount. Being not-so-sporty myself, this position has exposed to a whole new side of the university—The University of Toronto’s athletic oasis.
SO, here’s what you need to know.
- ALL GAMES are FREE for students! As long as you have your TCard and you’re a full-time student, you can attend any game.
- If you want to bring a friend from another school, football, men and women’s hockey, volleyball, and basketball all have student, child and senior rates! Other sports games such as soccer and Water Polo are free for everyone.
- If you scan your TCard you get points for attending each game that can result in prizes! You can track your point accumulation online and browse the various Varsity rewards. At home-openers and special season games Varsity will also have half-time competitions for prizes and unique opportunities like, “First-50 people with a ticket get a free toque.”
- There are diverse concession stands with pizza, hotdogs, popcorn and candies. Hot chocolate makes chilly hockey games all the more enjoyable!
- U of T often hosts provincial and national competitions, such as the OUA Swimming Championships last year. These are great opportunities to see high-level competition right on campus!
Full disclosure: Before working at Varsity, I didn’t know anything on the list above. Without sounding too much like a commercial, there’s a whole athletic ecosystem waiting for you. Check out the Varsity website and schedule, as well as their social media platforms for game results and updates.
Until next week- Happy sporting! – R