Annual ‘Ditchball’ Game Takes Over U of M Campus

Architecture students from the University of Manitoba will shove, crunch and slip their way through an ice-covered trench surrounded by 10-15 foot walls of partially-melted snow today.

The annual Ditchball celebration will be held on the south grounds of the Faculty of Architecture on U of M’s Fort Garry campus.

Architects, interior designers and urban planners will compete to move a large, heavy, homemade multisided ball called a rhombicuboctahedron toward their opponents’ goal line. There aren’t too many rules, except to wear mandatory protective equipment and a few technical stipulations.

The “sport” was invented by a group of restless architecture students waiting at the side of a road near Hecla Island more than three decades ago.

The event, meant to help students relieve late-term exam stress, will begin at 9 a.m. on Dafoe Road, with the finals taking place sometime after noon.


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