Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Tuesday, August 6th, 2018

Navaneeth Mohan

CAMPUS:

  • Mustangs Athletics officials are hoping to pump up the purple-and-proud passion with the introduction of Club Purple, a new “inclusive season ticket holder environment” that looks to generate more fans across more sports.
  • For as low as $80, up to $170, Club Purple gives members access to every home game for Mustangs football, basketball, volleyball and hockey. Over the course of the all-sport season ticket package, there will be more than 60 games offered.
  • Western is one of the first schools in Ontario to offer this type of ticket packaging for fans. 
  • The three levels of Club Purple – Silver, Gold and Platinum – each come with additional perks on top of all-sport access, including collectible football tickets, parking-pass access, ticket pre-sales, the first football playoff game for free and more. Football is assigned seating, with volleyball, basketball and hockey being general admission.
  • With Club Purple prices as low as $40 for youth, Brazier said he’d like to engage members of the London sports community, grassroots clubs and leagues.
  • Club Purple season ticket packages, along with single game tickets, are on sale now. Football kicks off on Labour Day (Sept. 2) against Queens. It will be the first return of Steve Snyder, Western’s offensive coordinator for the last two Vanier Cup runs, who now heads up the Golden Gaels.

LOCAL:

  • Ribfest was a huge success drawing in nearly 200,000 people over the civic holiday weekend. 
  • The forest city had one of the nicest stretches of weather. Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures stuck around for most of the civic holiday long weekend, with rain only arriving mid-afternoon Monday.
  • The festival also featured a Guinness World Record attempt on Friday night. Shelby’s Food Express brought together a team of 100 people to build the world’s longest chicken shawarma wrap, a feat that pulled in crowds of onlookers.
  • The winners of this year were Boss Hogs, Route 55, and Fat Boys. 
  • The food wasn’t the only thing on the menu at this year’s Ribfest. Live bands, midway rides, chalk artists, vendors and even an acrobatic dog show kept visitors entertained as well.

SPORTS:

  • On Friday, the London Majors hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs at Labatt Memorial park.
  • Toronto would walk away with a 17-10 victory that saw some high octane batting from the Majors but the relief pitchers couldn’t get the job done. 
  • Today the majors will be on the road to take on the welland jackfish for the first round of the playoffs. First pitch at Welland Stadium 7:35pm. 

WEATHER:

  • Today will be a wet one judging from the looks of my shirt. We have a high risk of thunderstorms all day and overnight. Temperatures are expected to stay in the mid 20s. Tomorrow will see a threat of thunderstorms in the morning.