Ottawa police say 2,000 people attended a street party in Sandy Hill after uOttawa’s Panda Game win

OTTAWA — Panda Game parties continued late into the night in the Sandy Hill neighborhood of Ottawa, with revelers taking over a residential street, overturning a car and leaving a trail of trash and debris.

About 2,000 students flocked to the neighborhood near the University of Ottawa campus to celebrate Gee-Gees’ victory over Carleton University in the annual Saturday afternoon football game.

CTV News Ottawa cameras were on the scene when a large street party took over Russell Avenue, between Somerset Street and Templeton Street at about 11:30 p.m. vehicle.

Ottawa police cars were on the scene to monitor the party and close the road. CTV News Ottawa contacted the Ottawa Police Department on Sunday morning and was told a press release would be sent to the media “soon”.

Mayor Jim Watson says he has spoken with Ottawa Police Chief Peter Sloly about the incident and that several investigations are ongoing.

“I am absolutely disgusted by the behavior of those involved in the unruly party on Russell Avenue after yesterday’s Panda Game,” Watson said on Twitter.

“Individuals, including police officers, were injured and private and public property was damaged.”

The mayor added that the behavior of some students is “completely unacceptable”.

“Those involved should be ashamed of their idiotic and immature behavior,” Watson said.

“The vast majority of students enjoyed both the pre-game activities and the game itself. Unfortunately, the post-game events at Sandy Hill were destructive, especially as we continue our fight against COVID-19.”

A photo posted to social media at 1 a.m. showed a car flipped over and damaged in the middle of Russell Avenue, with trash littering the street.

Steve Higham posted a video on Twitter showing thousands of people on Russell Avenue, saying it took “about three hours for the police to announce their presence”.

Ottawa paramedics say seven people were taken to hospital from Sandy Hill on Saturday night to be treated for minor injuries or alcohol intoxication. All seven people were admitted in stable condition.

count. Mathieu Fleury told CTV News Ottawa Sunday morning that Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Bylaw and Regulatory Services and the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission are investigating the Sandy Hill incidents.

In the days leading up to the Panda Game, police, city officials, and both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University urged students to be good neighbors over Panda Game weekend.

Police and officials have increased patrols in Sandy Hill, Old Ottawa South and the Glebe before and after Saturday’s game to ensure the day is safe.

UOttawa had scheduled a cleanup patrol in Sandy Hill after the Panda Game earlier Sunday morning.

A voluntary cleanup patrol will be deployed in the neighborhood at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The University of Ottawa Gee-Gees defeated the Carleton Ravens 19-17 to 52 . to winnd Panda Game at TD Place.

This is a story in development. CTV News Ottawa has the latest news as it becomes available.

With files from The Canadian Press


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