By Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director (Media Relations)
Vancouver, Canada – Get Ready Canada … Cal State Northridge has arrived.
The Matador basketball team is on a six-day, four-game tour of America's friend to the North. Sixteen CSUN players, five coaches (including head coach Bobby Braswell) and several staff administrators arrived in Vancouver, Canada, late Tuesday night.
The day started in the late afternoon on Tuesday when the team left the Cal State Northridge campus … the first destination … Los Angeles International Airport.
Traveling to a foreign country, either far or near, is not easy. Security is obviously tight at LAX, thus the Matador team arrived in plenty of time for its 7:40 p.m. flight to Vancouver with arrival time at 10:15 p.m. in Vancouver.
Once through security clearance, the extra time at Los Angeles International Airport gave the team plenty of time to relax, do a little studying despite the fact that school doesn't start for another week, listen to some tunes on their IPods, dial up friends on their cell phones, or gobble up another hamburger, fries or a soft drink at a nearby restaurant.
Donovan Johnson's mother, Shezelle, had a chance to spend quality time with her son.
One coach suggested exchanging the team's American dollars (per diem) for Canadian dollars. The exchange rate today was 98 cents to the dollar. Most of the team took advantage of the current rate.
Wednesday will be a busy day for the Matador squad. After an early wakeup call and breakfast, the team will depart for a 90-minute bus ride from Vancouver to Tsawwassen, Canada. The team will then take a 90-minute ferry ride to Victoria , and then a short bus ride to the team hotel.
Cal State Northridge will check into a hotel in the early afternoon, have a mid-afternoon pre-game meal, then depart at 3:00 pm for a 6:00 pm game against Vancouver Island University.
Life on the road can be an exhausting experience, but a valuable journey to see another country and experience another cultural.
Go Matadors !!!
Matador Memo …
No complaints about the weather in Canada … The temperatures are expected to hover around 70-72 degrees with sunny skies throughout the weekend … That beats the sweltering, humid heat of Southern California … Kudos to Air Canada … The three hour flight was smooth and arrived early in Vancouver, which was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics along with nearby Whistler, a resort community, 78 miles north of the city !!!