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THE PANDA GAME

The Panda Game is a long-running tradition in the city of Ottawa which has ignited school spirit since 1955. The 2018 edition of the Panda Game marks the 50th game in the storied series, with uOttawa holding an all-time record of 32-17. The game is set for September 29, 2018 at 1 p.m. and will be held once more at TD Place stadium. Tickets will be on sale Aug. 20 through the TD Place box office. Gee-Gees Alumni tickets are available now online.

The 2017 game drew 24,420 fans to TD Place - a modern-day record for U SPORTS regular season football.

PEDRO THE PANDA

The Panda Game gets its name from a mythical but very real stuffed panda bear named Pedro. He was offered up as a prize to the winners of the 1955 grudge match between the cross-town rivals, and from there a star was born. The current trophy given out to the game's winner was created in 2013 by local artist Dale Dunning and is made out of brushed aluminum, replacing the bronze bear which was used from 1979 to 1998. The original stuffed version has survived, is in safe keeping after a lifetime of hard living, and makes occaisional appearances at Gee-Gees alumni events. 

The three versions of Pedro the Panda, from left to right: the original stuffed bear, the bronze bear trophy, the new aluminum version.