CANADA – On Wednesday, U SPORTS announced an updated schedule for their 2022 Winter championships.
With the Omicron variant causing the OUA and the AUS to completely shut down play through the first four weeks of the winter semester, the change in scheduling to accommodate the rest of the conference season necessitated that six of the U SPORTS championships be delayed by about three weeks each. For some tournaments that also means a transferring of the host location for 2022.
U SPORTS WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS:
March 24-25 | University of Saskatchewan
The U SPORTS Wrestling Championship was originally set for February 24-25 at the University of Alberta but it moves a month ahead and will now take place at the University of Saskatchwan.
U SPORTS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS:
March 24-26 | Laval University
Laval remains the host of the 2022 U SPORTS Swimming Championships at PEPS in Quebec City but sees the date pushed from the original February 25-27.
U SPORTS TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS:
March 31 – April 2 | UNB @ St John
UNB at St John remains the host of the 2022 U SPORTS Track and Field Championships but sees the date move from the original March 10-12
U SPORTS MEN’S HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIPS:
March 31 – April 3 | Acadia University
Acadia returns as the host of the U Cup after seeing their turn in 2020 cut short by the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament does get pushed back two weeks from its traditional spot around St Patrick’s Day though.
U SPORTS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FINAL 8:
March 31 – April 3 | Queen’s University
After seeing their chance at hosting in 2021 cancelled due to the lost season, Queen’s gets a second shot at hosting the U SPORTS Women’s Basketball Final 8 for the first time. In a new twist in 2022 the Final 8 for Men and Women and the U CUP for Men’s Hockey will occur on the same weekend.
U SPORTS MEN’S BASKETBALL FINAL 8:
March 31 – April 3 | University of Alberta
For the first time since 1967 the U SPORTS Men’s Final 8 will be in Alberta at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton. Originally scheduled for March 11-13 it will take place on a busy final weekend of the month.
The Women’s and Men’s Volleyball (Mar 25-27) as well as the Women’s Hockey tournament (Mar 24-27) in Calgary, Manitoba and UPEI respectively see no change to their dates or locations.