Lions welcome Warriors for FANfest game

York University Lions football player poster
The York University Lions men's football team
The York University Lions men’s football team

The York University Lions football team will wrap up the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 25 with an afternoon game against the University of Waterloo Warriors at York Stadium.

The match will begin at 1pm and can also be seen live online on

In addition to the action on the field, there will be many fun activities for fans in attendance. Among the prizes up for grabs are Best Seats in the House – a hot tub at the 55-yard line – $500 in gift cards for the Shopsy’s Fan of the Game, $1,000 cash for the College Halftime Challenge and a Lions toss, presented by Investors Group. The first 800 fans will also receive a York Lions string bag.

At the conclusion of the game, fans can enjoy a foam and pizza party with the football team right inside York Stadium.

Tickets are free for all York students with the presentation of a YU-card. For all other fans, ticket information can be found at

The two squads haven’t met since 2012, when the Warriors edged the Lions by a single point – 23-22 – in Week 4. The Warriors led the contest 23-11 after three quarters before the Lions mounted an exciting fourth-quarter response, scoring a touchdown with 4:30 left and then getting a pair of conceded safeties. But the final drive ended with an interception in the end zone, cutting the Lions comeback attempt just short.

Quick Facts

  • York’s best game of the year came against the OUA’s other team from Waterloo, the Laurier Golden Hawks. They trailed by just six points after three quarters before falling 27-10 on the road. Waterloo’s closest contest was its season opener against the Carleton Ravens, a 33-14 defeat at home.
  • The Lions have allowed 5.3 fewer points per game than the Warriors, and the Warriors have scored 1.7 more per game than the Lions.
  • Head coach Warren Craney’s first career win with the Lions came against the Warriors in Waterloo in 2011, a 20-18 overtime victory that came after a 17-point second-half comeback.