The UBC Winter Classic is back at Doug Mitchell Arena on Friday and although we won’t be seeing the Montreal Canadiens steamroll past the Boston Bruins outdoors in front of a sold out Gillette Stadium, The Calendar's events manager Bhavya Mandloi believes there is a lot to look forward to.
“As usual we will have the game, the kickoff and the concourse,” said Mandloi. “A lot of clubs will be there hyping up the crowd, getting them more excited. This year, we’re trying to figure out some sort of collective meet-up pregame. We did it at homecoming where we had multiple pre-game [events] around different fraternities and around UBC in different areas.”
Last year’s event drew a crowd of 3,049 — the highest recorded attendance at a UBC hockey game. Although ice hockey is overwhelmingly popular in Vancouver, the sport isn’t the only factor that attracted people to the event, according to Mandloi.
“If you look back at last year, for college students, it’s not always about sports,” said Mandloi. “They love potentially being around lots of different people who are all cheering, getting all excited, drinking their beer, having their food [and] putting T- bird colours on. I think it’s the idea of having an environment and being able to do that which is an opportunity that doesn’t arise that much at UBC.”