Atlantic University Sport
|Atlantic University Sport
Sport universitaire de l'Atlantique
(AUS / SUA)
|Headquarters||Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia|
Atlantic University Sport (AUS) is a regional membership association for universities in Atlantic Canada which assists in co-ordinating competition between their university level athletic programs and providing contact information, schedules, results, and releases about those programs and events to the public and the media. This is similar to what would be called a college athletic conference in the United States. The AUS, which covers Canada east of the province of Quebec, is one of four such bodies that are members of the country's governing body for university athletics, Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The other three regional associations coordinating university-level sports in Canada are Ontario University Athletics (OUA), the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA), and Quebec Student Sport Federation (QSSF).
The Atlantic Universities Athletics Association was founded in 1974, with the merging of the Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Atlantic Women's Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Prior to the acceptance of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the AIAA, which dates back to the late 19th century, was known as the Maritime Intercollegiate Athletic Association. The AUAA changed its name to Atlantic University Sport (AUS) in 1999.
Canadian athletic facilities are often listed by their "maximum capacity", which is often an estimate of their largest recorded crowd in the facility. These maximum capacities can and often do include standing room patrons and attendees seated on grass surrounding a playing field. Seated Capacity is the actual number of permanent seats, be they grandstands or permanently in use bleachers. This is why you will sometimes see larger capacities listed for these sites when searching for them on line. When capacity numbers have mismatched on source sites, unless the larger capacity could be confirmed as a seated capacity, the smaller capacity number has been listed here.
Please update with verified "seated capacities" only when the institutions release more accurate official seated capacities.
(*Saint Mary's Huskies Stadium has a listed capacity of 9000, but the accuracy of this as a fixed seated capacity is questionable. Articles have suggested that permanent seating is only 4000, but note that temporary seating can get the capacity up to 9-11,000. Additionally, attendees often sit on the grass and the grassy areas are likely included in this official capacity of 9000. Seated capacity would only refer to the grandstands and any permanent seats or bleachers.)