It’s no surprise that when Major League Ultimate started a professional league last year, they turned to Vancouver to be the home of one of the eight teams.
Over the last 25 years, Vancouver has hosted two World Championship and four National Championship tournaments, and teams from Vancouver have won almost two dozen national and world titles. And cozy Thunderbird Stadium at UBC, dubbed the Nest, is a perfect home for MLU’s Vancouver Nighthawks to play in.
In their inaugural season, the Nighthawks did not do so well on the field, going 3-7 and missing the playoffs, but were a great success off the field, setting the single game and season league attendance marks.
This year the Nighthawks revamped the team by bringing in some young stars of the future, and after a bit of a rocky start integrating the newcomers have turned around the season. They have won their last two games, both against archrival Seattle Rainmakers, to put themselves in the driver’s seat to finish 2nd and bring the MLU Western Conference championship game to town.
The Nighthawks have also developed a genuine star by bringing in veteran Ultimate player Brendan Wong. He has already broken the MLU single season goal scoring record with two games left in the schedule, and he has a good shot at also setting the point scoring record. His combination of speed, athleticism, hustle, and smarts makes him a legitimate threat to score every time he steps on the field
Their last home game of the season, against the 1st place Portland Stags, to whom they have two narrow losses this season, will be held at Thunderbird Stadium at 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 15th. The outcome will go a long way to determining whether Vancouver succeeds in their quest for the playoffs.
Admission is $16 for adults, $12 for youth aged 9-18, and $8 for children aged 3-8. (Children aged 2 and under get in free.) You can buy tickets here: https://mlultimate-vancouver-nighthawks.ticketleap.com/portland-stags-at-vancouver-nighthawks-june-15-2014/dates/Jun-15-2014_at_0600PM
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