It’s not just a Panda Game, it’s a PandaFest!

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A crowd of students cheering for the Gee-Gees
The Panda Game between the uOttawa Gee-Gees and the Carleton Ravens football teams — the best known and biggest Canadian university sporting rivalry — takes place October 1.

It’s your turn to be part of the tradition!

Pedro the Panda is the lovable trophy-slash-mascot for the annual game. The Gee-Gees have won four years in a row, including a huge 37-7 win last year. Can we make it five?

As we mark the Panda Game’s 54th year, we’re giving you even more Panda! Here’s everything you need to know.

Free food (while supplies last) and free shuttles to TD Place!

Kick off the day at the Pre-Panda Tailgate, starting at 9 a.m. in the 90U residence parking lot on campus. There’ll be food trucks and vendors on site and DJ TDOT will be performing.

Kickoff is at high noon

The Panda Game clash begins at high noon. There are a few tickets left but act fast! Grab your uOttawa hoodies and merch. Wear your garnet and grey with pride. Enjoy the game but please, play by the book!

Back to campus for Post-Panda Party

The PandaFest won’t stop when the final whistle blows. Head back to the 90U residence parking lot on campus for the Post-Panda Party. There will be more, mystery performances until 11 p.m.

Play by the 2023 Panda Playbook

The right to have fun comes with some responsibility. We’ve been working with partners to ensure that this year’s Panda Game and its celebrations follow the rules. Grab your Gee-Gees hoodies and your friends and enjoy the game! But please, play by the book!

Follow Pedro the Panda’s advice: Celebrate football in style, be mindful and respectful of neighbours’ properties and homes, and party only in designated areas.

Party safe. Party smart. Party onside

You don’t need to drink alcohol or use drugs to have fun, but if you choose to consume, make sure you know how to party safer.

Indigenous Affirmation

We pay respect to the Algonquin people, who are the traditional guardians of this land. We acknowledge their longstanding relationship with this territory, which remains unceded. 

We pay respect to all Indigenous people in this region, from all nations across Canada, who call Ottawa home. 

We acknowledge the traditional knowledge keepers, both young and old. And we honour their courageous leaders: past, present, and future. 

Learn more about the Indigenous Affirmation.