Thursday, August 14, 2014

AUDL Expansion: Ottawa

Look’t here! Ottawa has been reported to be a new pro ultimate team in the AUDL. The capital of Canada, located in the Ontario province, would be a new addition to the planned AUDL expansion list. The AUDL has yet to formally announced this team will join in 2015. If true, an The Ottawa team would be is Canada's fourth AUDL franchise, and the second AUDL franchise in Ontario.

Via "Ultimate test: playoffs, pro team on horizon for growing sport," the article reports:

...And at the league playoffs (August 23-24), Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association is planning to announce that Ottawa will soon have a professional team in the American Ultimate Disc League. The rapidly growing league has expanded from eight clubs three years ago to 22 next season, including major U.S. cities like New York, Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and San Jose. Ottawa will be the fourth Canadian franchise, along with Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. 
But the professional team will present a few issues for ultimate purists. The league is men’s only, it uses a wider field than recreational ultimate and, going against the tradition of the sport, there are referees.
"Despite that," says Marceau, “the professional leagues have been growing. They’ve created a visibility for the sport that is just unreal." 
Marceau says Montreal's first home game last year drew 2,500 fans. She and other Ottawa officials are still scouting possible venues for Ottawa's team. Announcements about ownership, the team's name, the coaching staff and player tryouts are expected in the weeks ahead. The season will run from May to August next year."

[SOURCE: Ottawa Citizen]

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