Lancers Join Express For Clash At the Colosseum IV

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Express have announced a partnership with the Windsor Lancers for the fourth annual Clash at the Colosseum on February 8, 2017, at Caesars Windsor. This year’s event will feature a triple-header of basketball, pitting Windsor against teams from the Waterloo region.

The Express will face off against league newcomers the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans, tipping off at 8:00pm, while earlier the Lancers will take on the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in an OUA doubleheader. The Lancer women will start at 3:00pm followed by the men’s game at 5:00pm.

This event marks the first time the Lancers and Express have teamed up to play on the same court.

“This game is a highlight to our season, and our organization does a good job of making this game special,” said Windsor Express vice-president of basketball operations and head coach Bill Jones. “This year is also special because the University’s men and women will play before our game and the electricity will be awesome.”

Fans who purchase a ticket to this season’s Clash at the Colosseum will be able to attend all three games. Tickets went on sale online today. A special discounted ticket will be available on campus in the athletic department for all current University of Windsor students.

“The Lancers, along with the Golden Hawks, are excited to partner with the Windsor Express as participants in the 4th Annual Clash at the Colosseum,” said University of Windsor director of athletics Mike Havey. “The opportunity to play in this world class entertainment venue in a Battle against Waterloo provides a unique and exciting opportunity for our basketball teams to bring our product to a wider audience.”

Both the university programs are perennial powerhouses in Canadian university basketball and have both been ranked in the top ten nationally for the better part of the past decade.

The Lancer women’s team is currently ranked seventh in the nation and are looking for their sixth national championship title in the last seven years, after winning five in a row from 2011-2015. Under the guidance of head coach Chantal Vallée, the Lancers currently sit tied for first place in the OUA west division standings with the Golden Hawks.

On the men’s side, head coach Chris Oliver’s team is in search of their seventh OUA West division title in the past ten years and are also looking for their fourth trip to the national championship tournament. Standing in their way are the Golden Hawks who are currently neck and neck with the Lancers atop the western conference standings.

General admission seats are priced at $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and $15 for youths. The Windsor Express season ticket packages include tickets to Clash at the Colosseum IV.

There will be a limited number of reserved courtside seats available for purchase directly through the Windsor Express. VIP and courtside seats are not yet on sale, but more information is available by emailing the Express, or by calling 519-800-3665.

Clash at the Colosseum IV will feature the men's and women's Windsor Lancers basketball teams tipping off against the Laurier Golden Hawks ahead of the Windsor Express hosting the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans.

Clash at the Colosseum IV will feature the men’s and women’s Windsor Lancers basketball teams tipping off against the Laurier Golden Hawks ahead of the Windsor Express hosting the Kitchener-Waterloo Titans.

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