Local soccer fans will have the opportunity on Friday, Sept. 13, to take in two TRU WolfPack soccer games with their best friends.
Unlike most games, that best friend can include your dog.
Petland has teamed up with the WolfPack to present Puppies and Pints on Friday at Hillside Stadium from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“It’s pretty unique, for sure, and something that requires significant levels of approval,” said Curtis Atkinson, director of athletics and recreation at Thompson Rivers University.
“But when the opportunity to partner with Petland came up, we thought it would be a great fit.”
The event will feature a VIP (or VI-PUP) section for people to enjoy the game with their leashed canine buddies.
There will also be a beer garden, with beverages provided by Iron Road Brewing, a bouncy castle for kids and a food truck.
In addition, the first 300 students to arrive will receive T-shirts sponsored by Mr. Mike’s.
There will also be a special activity just for those with dogs — a doggie race at halftime, with an entry fee by donation and all funds raised going to Kamloops service and therapy dogs.
“It’s a big homecoming,” said Miranda Pham, events co-ordinator for the WolfPack.
“It’s going to be big because school’s back and people are going to be excited. It’s going to be very exciting and fun.”
Two games will be played during the Puppies and Pints event, with the TRU women’s soccer team facing the MacEwan University Griffins of Edmonton at 5:30 p.m., followed by the TRU men’s soccer squad playing the University of Saskatchewan Huskies at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 at the door for adults, with kids 10 and under admitted free. Free adult tickets can be picked up in advance at Petland, at Notre Dame Drive and Dalhousie Drive, a block south of the university.
“They’ve been an amazing partner for us to work with on this,” Atkinson said.
“It’s just sort of an exciting community event where we’re inviting the public who may not normally come to a game, with an opportunity to bring their dogs to the event and hopefully enjoy a nice September evening.
“The soccer action will be very high level.”
Friday’s forecast calls for a mix of sun and clouds, with a high of 24 C.