The Ontario Tech Ridgebacks have been granted their first U SPORTS national championship.
“Being awarded the 2024 men’s soccer championship has our campus and community buzzing,” said Scott Barker, director of athletics and recreation at Ontario Tech. “The City of Oshawa has been a proud partner throughout this entire bid process and is looking forward to welcoming the nation’s best players to Ontario Tech as part of the celebration of the 100-year anniversary of their incorporation. Our team has been nationally ranked and a contender in the OUA in recent seasons, meaning they are ready for this next challenge. As a committee, we look forward to hosting in 2024 and showcasing our Ridgebacks program on the national stage.”
The championship matches will be held at Vaso's Field, a premiere Canadian soccer facility with FIFA-approved artificial infill turf. The venue boasts a capacity of 1,500 seats and was home to several provincial and national events.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the 2024 USPORTS men's soccer national championship at Ontario Tech University,” said Steven Murphy, president and vice-chancellor at Ontario Tech University. “This is the first time that the university has hosted a varsity championship at the national level, and we are excited to host Canada in Oshawa. Sport helps teach valuable life skills, like teamwork and discipline and contributes to self-confidence and responsibility. Our student-athletes are the civic leaders of tomorrow, and we are very proud to bring our entire community together to celebrate the success of soccer.”