The Saskatchewan Rush was maybe the best thing to happen to Saskatoon since the latest craft distillery opened.
Rumour has it a group slurping noodles at The Odd Couple wanted to make Saskatoon known for something besides the food scene. The obvious answer: bring a National Lacrosse League team here! In actuality, what turned out to be Edmonton’s loss when the franchise relocated, was our gain.
The Rush is a multi-championship team that easily attracts sell-out crowds – even Saskatchewanians in far flung reaches of the province make the trek to Saskatoon on game days. This action-packed national sport can really fire you up during the winter months.
Joining Rush Nation for a night is a uniquely Saskatoon experience. If you don’t know the sport, you’ll catch on fast since it’s a combination of hockey and basketball with lots and lots of running. Lots. What matters is your enthusiasm: SaskTel Centre seats about 13,000 energetic people for home games. A DJ amps up the party and keeps it going through the entire game, so you’ll be out of your seat for most of it! Just don’t spill your beer.
You’ll quickly learn the goal scoring celebration: a chest thumping ritual the Rush faithful will be only too happy to share. If you really want to look like a certified member of Rush Nation pick up a neon green and black jersey and wear it whenever you want, not just game night!
Aside from admiring the players’ athleticism (seriously! They don’t stop running!), you’ll be treated to a dazzling performance by the Saskatchewan Crush dance team, who create even more frenzy in the crowd. Mascot Bruiser the Bull Dog makes his appearance at halftime, too.
The Rush Nation energy is contagious and will carry you through the night as you head out to the post-game party spots like Red Zone Premium Sports Bar in the Travelodge or Sports on Tap at Prairieland Park. Shoeless Joe’s in the Stonebridge neighbourhood will always be filled with Saskatchewan Rush fans!