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Sports: Niagara Falls's Competitive Sports scene

The Niagara region has some great opportunities to watch somebody ELSE sweat it out, with some top-level competitive athletes.

Brock University Athletics: Brock Badgers.

Men

Women

Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country
Curling
Fencing
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rowing
Rugby
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Wrestling

Badminton
Basketball
Cross Country
Curling
Fencing
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rowing
Rugby
Soccer
Swimming
Volleyball
Wrestling

You can get individual game tickets or a season's pass at the Brock Sports Information and Marketing Office at (905) 688-5550 ext. 4506.

Niagara University: NU "Purple Eagles"

Men

Women

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Golf
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Swimming & Diving
Tennis

Softball
Basketball
Volleyball
Cross Country
Soccer
Ice Hockey
Tennis
Swimming & Diving
Lacrosse

Niagara Ticket Office
Dwyer Arena, Department of Athletics
Niagara University, NY 14109-2009
716-286-8622
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Ticket Manager: Marianne DeMizio, For Group Tickets (10 or more) Contact: Jeff Guarino, (716) 286-8494, or email jguarino@niagara.edu

Motor Sports
Niagara Motorcycle Raceway, operated by the not-for-profi Welland County Motorcycle Club (WCMC, is located south-east of Welland, Ontario. It is Canada's most prestigious 1/4 mile oval dirt race track. The track is specifically designed and built for motorcycle racing, and features thrilling Dirt Track, Speedway, ATV and Youth Class racing every Saturday night from mid June to the end of July. 905-834-8255.

Ransomville Speedway (2315 Braley Road, Ransomville, NY 14131) hosts DIRT Sanctioned stock racing Friday nights May-September. Modified, Sportsman, Prostock and Streetstock divisions. Roll-over and Demolition derby event featured throughout the season (716) 791-3602.

Humberstone Speedway (formerly "Gasport International Speedway") s 3 kilometers east of Port Colborne, Ontario on Highway 3 has races on Sundays, April to September (Admission: 12 & Under Free) hosts Sportsman, Street Stock, Mini-Stock, 4-Cylinder Truck races from April to September. 905/935-2886.

Merrittville Speedway has been in operation since 1952 just off the Merrittville Highway, south of Thorold, ON (between St Catharines & Welland, only 12 miles from the US border at Niagara Falls) is a 3/8 mile banked clay track and hosts racing in 5 classes every Saturday night from April to September. They also have Empire Super Sprint Shows, thrill shows, and the ever popular demolition derbies. 905-685-7223.

There are also the following (no detail provided): Holland Speedway - 2 North Main Street, Holland, NY (716) 537-2272
Lancaster Speedway - 4498 Main Street, Amherst, NY (716) 839-0857
Buffalo Raceway - Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hamburg, NY (716) 649-1280

Toronto Blue Jays Baseball
You can also catch major League Baseball with the Toronto Blue Jays in nearby Toronto at the Rogers Centre (formely the Skydome) Call the Blue Jays ticket office at 416-341-1234 or 1-888-OK-GO-JAY (1-888-654-6529).

NBA Basketball: Toronto Raptors
You can also catch NBA basketball with the Toronto Raptors, playing in the Air Canada Centre in nearby Toronto.

Hockey
If you want to watch professional hockey in the Niagara area, there are two NHL teams close by:
  • the Buffalo Sabres play at HSBC Arena in Buffalo (716) 855-4100, U.S. Ticket(888) GO-SABRES, Canada Tickets (888) 669-GOAL
  • the Toronto Maple Leafs play at the Air Canada Centre, and you can order tickets from TicketMaster at 416-872-5000.

    You can catch OHA (Ontario Hockey Association) Jr A action with the Buffalo Lightening, who play at the West Seneca Recreation Centre in West Seneca NY (716-675-1836).

    There is also competitive hockey in the Niagara region, with OHA Golden Horseshoe B League has teams in Niagara Falls (905-358-3808), Fort Erie (905-871-1878), Port Colborne (905-834-1414), St Catharines (905-684-5888), Thorold (905-227-4534), Stoney Creek (905-573-3600), and Welland (905-732-5973). There is also the OHA Niagara Junior C league, which has teams in Grimsby (905 957-7541), Dundas, Chippawa (905-295-6554), Glanbrook, Dunnville (905-774-3249), and Caledonia.

    Rodeo
    There is an annual rodeo in Virgil Stampede each May long weeekend, and in Welland at the start of September each year.

    Horse Racing
    There are also a number horse racing venues in the region:
  • Harness Racetrack, 967 Hwy 5, Dundas, ON, (905) 627-3561
  • Fort Erie Race Track, 230 Catherine Street, Fort Erie, ON, (905) 871-3200
  • Buffalo Raceway, 5600 Mckinley Parkway, Hamburg Fairgrounds, Hamburg, New York, (716) 649-1280

    The Fort Erie Race Track and Slots are one of the premier thoroughbred horse racing tracks in Canada. It hosts the Prince of Wales Stakes Race at the end of July, which is the second leg of the Canadian triple Crown.

    Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Regatta
    The Royal Canadian Henley Regatta (held at Henley Island, St. Catharines, ON) is Canadian rowing's annual showcase, and has been running for over 120 years. It annually attracts over 3,500 competitors from more than 100 rowing clubs and universities from all over the world, who enter crews in 82 rowing categories for this five-day competition. Henley is the largest rowing regatta in North America. (905-935-2260 )

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