Dunk and bunk – Residence Services welcomes guests

Athletes, recruiters, performers and tourists take advantage of convenient accommodations

Dunk and bunk – that’s what the Houston-based ACRODUNK team does. When they’re done amazing thousands of Calgary Stampede attendees with their acrobatic slam dunking show each day, they head back to a four bedroom apartment on Mount Royal’s campus.

“It’s great. With the full kitchen, we can fill the fridge right up while we’re here,” says Greg Mueller, the spokesperson for the four-man team, which includes himself, Andrew Cyrus, Richard Smith and Guy Jackson.

Jerry Burrell, the ACRODUNK leader, has booked rooms at Mount Royal for three years. For $54.50 per person per night, the team has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room.

The other benefit of staying in Residence is that campus gym facilities are a big step beyond what any hotel can provide, and guests get a 25 per cent discount on day passes with Recreation. This is important for ACRODUNK because they are on the road touring around North America all year long.

As a matter of fact, the team hit the Stanley Gym to show off some of their moves, don Cougar jerseys and end with a raucous two-on-two game.

ACRODUNK isn’t the only group of professional athletes staying at Residence Services during Stampede. The Chinese Hebei Acrobat Troup, who performed in the Grandstand show, arrived the third week in June to start rehearsals and stayed until mid-July when Stampede ended.

Stampede is indeed a busy time for Residence Services staff. According to Ashley McLellan, administrative assistant at the front desk, some days as many as 200 people will check in at a time.

Along with performers, Stampede visitors take advantage of the three hotel rooms on campus, which are a steal of a deal at under $100 per night.

Hebei Acrobat Troup

The Grandstand Show includes the Hebei Acrobatic Troupe performing stunts on their bicycles.

From Grande Prairie, Tim and Shelly Sheehan have stayed at Residence for three years running – first in a dorm room and for the last two years in the hotel rooms, which include a microwave and mini-fridge. Along with the price, they appreciate the location.

“It’s really convenient. We come in on Deerfoot Trail, take the Glenmore exit and we’re here,” says Tim. “Then when we go to the grounds. It’s a five-minute drive to Chinook Centre and we can take the LRT from there.”

Tim and Shelly Sheehan

Tim and Shelly Sheehan always enjoy their time while staying at Residence.

The location of Residence Services is also a hit with Kevin Epp of Titan Sports Management. In his role as a certified NHL player recruiter and agent, he has set up a camp for prospects and new drafts for the past three years ― in large part because of the close proximity to the Flames Community Arenas just a couple minutes away.

Epp says, “Over the years we have always come back to the residences at Mount Royal University because of the location and because the people that run it are always very accommodating to our group.”

Laine Dorchester, guest services coordinator, is eager to get the word out that guest accommodations are available at Residence not just during the summer, but all year long.

“We rent out rooms to visiting academics, performers doing concerts and large groups attending conferences,” says Laine. “The beauty of a campus is everything is here ― the new Library, Recreation facilities, events and food services.”

Get more information on guest accommodations at Mount Royal.

July 20, 2017
― Andrea Ranson

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