UBC and SFU revive football rivalry in the Shrum Bowl

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VANCOUVER — The Shrum Bowl football game between SFU and UBC is back, with a helping hand from the BC Lions.

After a 12-year hiatus, the athletics and recreational departments at Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia have agreed to resume the football rivalry for at least the next two years.

Shrum Bowl XXXIV (34) will be held on Friday 2nd December 2022 at SFU Stadium at Terry Fox Field in Burnaby. The Shrum Bowl 2023 will be hosted by UBC in Vancouver.

“We are proud to host Shrum Bowl at SFU’s new stadium on Burnaby Mountain and reignite the rivalry between the only two varsity soccer programs in the province,” said Theresa Hanson, SFU senior director of athletics and recreation. “We’re looking forward to ending our season with a full house and a great game!”


The BC Lions will be the presenting sponsor of the Shrum Bowl as the Canadian Football League club, under the leadership of owner Amar Doman, continues to fuel the growth of the sport in BC.

“The BC Lions organization is excited and proud to be leading the return of an outstanding football tradition to our province,” said Doman. “A key pillar of our brand is the support we give to all levels of amateur football. Putting our name behind the Shrum Bowl revival and watching the next generation of great SFU and UBC players pursue their professional dreams will be an exciting addition to our growing football calendar and provide another platform to share the great story of the recognize football programs at both schools.”

Earlier this year, the SFU and UBC soccer programs each received $50,000 from the Lions organization as part of the David Braley Foundation’s $250,000 contribution to amateur soccer in BC.

The donations, first announced in November, raised $25,000 for varsity teams. Doman agreed to the offer to bring the total to $50,000.

“We are thrilled to be working with SFU to revive the iconic Shrum Bowl, which has been a great event and a healthy inter-city rivalry for 55 years,” added UBC’s Managing Director, Athletics and Recreation. Cave Gate. “Having another Shrum Bowl on the calendar to look forward to is a tremendous commitment and competitive opportunity for both our football programs, our alumni, our supporters and the student body. I also want to thank the BC Lions for their keen interest in restarting the Shrum Bowl and continuing to support football at all levels in our community.”

The two schools have not played each other in football since SFU began competing in the NCAA Division II in 2010. The SFU and UBC men’s basketball teams played each other on November 20, 2021, drawing a sell-out crowd of 1,600 to the SFU Burnaby campus.

SFU is coached by Mike Rigell, and the 2022 season will be SFU’s first season as an all-football member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference.

UBC – led by the head coach Blake Nil – participates in U SPORTS as a member of Canada West. The Thunderbirds won a Vanier Cup as Canadian varsity football champions in 2015, Nill’s first season as a coach on the program.

The shrum bowl games are played on the regular season and playoff schedules for both teams and are recognized by the NCAA as a bowl game for SFU. The 2022 game will be played under NCAA rules with four downs.

The 2022 edition of the Shrum Bowl will resume the on-field confrontation between the province’s two varsity football teams, which has been dormant since 2010. That year, on October 10, SFU won 27-20 at Thunderbird Stadium.

A unique rivalry in varsity football, the Shrum Bowl has been played 33 times since the first match on October 16, 1967 – just over two years after Burnaby Mountain School opened. In the opening match, SFU defeated UBC 32-13 at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium. Simon Fraser has a 17-15-1 all-time lead in the series.

Shrum Bowl ticket information and other details will be announced at a later date.

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