Whitecaps FC reveals 2019 Season

WhitecapsFCThis week, Whitecaps FC and the MLS revealed the 2019 schedule kicking off the preseason February 8, 2019 in Honolulu, HI.  Home fans will get their first look at new coach Marc Dos Santos’ new look team when 34 regular season  gets underway March 2nd hosting Minnesota United FC at home in BC Place.

Vancouver’s regular season includes a home and away game against each Western Conference team, and one match either home or away against Eastern Conference clubs, including a visit to expansion side FC Cincinnati on August 3 ,and a visit from Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United on August 17 at BC Place

In celebration of the historic 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl triumph by the “team from the Village of Vancouver”, Whitecaps FC will host an anniversary match on August 31 against New York City FC, reminiscent of the 2-leg semi-final victory over New York Cosmos at Giants Stadium which sent the Whitecaps to the Soccer Bowl.

Whitecaps Pride Night

Other highlights of the season include Cascadia Cup home fixtures against Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers in March and May, a visit from Canadian rivals Toronto FC on May 31st.   Community matches include, Jeans Day, in support of BC Children’s Hospital FoundationSaturday, April 27 vs. Philadelphia Union.  Pride Night is Saturday, May 25 vs. FC Dallas and the annual Legends & Stars Charity Match takes place Saturday, September 14 vs. Houston Dynamo.  

The season on Decision Day, as all league matches kick off  at 1 p.m. PT. The ‘Caps host Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake at BC Place in the regular season finale.  The new fixed-bracket, single-elimination format for the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs begins on October 19 with the 2019 MLS Cup is set for November 10.

The 2019 Canadian Championships schedule is still to be announced.  For more details and information on the Whitecaps FC 2019 season visit whitecapsfc.com

Whitecaps FC debut 2018 MLS Season Schedule

WhitecapsFCSoccer fans can start planning their calendars, as the Whitecaps FC MLS 2018 schedule is revealed.
Between opening day, March 4th and decision day on October 28th fans can look forward to 34 Whitecaps FC matches, 17 at home in BC Place.  The season is bookended by matches against fierce rivals, opening at home against Montreal Impact and, for the third season in a row, ending the season against Cascadia rivals, Portland Timbers.
With the addition of the expansion Los Angeles Football Club the Western Conference teams will face each other twice each, home and away, except Whitecaps FC will play San Jose Earthquakes which face WFC three times.  Eastern teams once again face Western teams once each, in the opposite city of their 2017 matches.  Besides a break June 14 – 22 for the FIFA World Cup 2018 group matches, fans won’t have to go long between home matches at BC Place as the team doesn’t play more than two matches back to back on the road.

In addition to Opening Day and Decision Day some highlight home matches to look out for include:

Saturday, March 24 vs LA Galaxy
Friday, April 13 vs LA Football Club (expansion club debut, Daffodil Day in support of Canadian Cancer Society)
Friday, April 27 vs Real Salt Lake (Jeans Day for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)
Saturday, June 9 vs Orlando City SC (#BuckUp For Mental Health in support of Covenant House Vancouver)
Sunday, July 1 vs Colorado Rapids (Canada Day at BC Place)

Whitecaps Pride

Saturday, July 28 vs Minnesota United FC (Pride Night)
Saturday, August 18 vs New York Red Bulls
Saturday, September 15 vs Seattle Sounders (preceded by Legends & Stars Charity Match in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)

The Canadian Championship match schedule will be released at a later date. For full schedule listings and ticketing information visit whitecapsfc.com

Whitecaps FC Announce 2017 Schedule

While Vancouver is in the deep freeze of winter, it’s hard to believe that our Whitecaps FC will return to the pitch at BC Place in just a few short weeks.

The previously announced Concacaf Champions League (CCL) match on March 2, 2017 versus New York Red Bulls is our first chance to get a look at this season’s Whitecaps line up.

The MLS schedule was revealed for the whole 2017 season this week.  Just days after taking on the NY Red Bulls in CCL action the team returns to BC Place to host Philadelphia Union on March 5th.

After the home opening, other highlights of the season include a March 19th visit by Toronto FC, April 1 brings LA Galaxy to Vancouver and FC Dallas visits June 17 followed by NYC FC on July 5th.  Voyageur Cup action comes just from the one visit by Toronto FC, Montreal Impact do not visit Vancouver this year.
Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounders visit on April 14 and August 23 with Portland Timbers on July 23 with hopes that Vancouver will retains its Cascadia crown.

The full 2017 home schedule at BC Place is;

March 2  – CCL – New York Red Bulls
March 5  – MLS – Philadelphia Union
March 18 – MLS – Toronto FC
April 1 – MLS – LA Galaxy
April 14 – MLS – Seattle Sounders
May 20 – MLS – Sporting Kansas City
May 27 – MLS – DC United
June 3 – MLS – Atlanta United FC
June 17 – MLS – FC Dallas
July 5 – MLS – New York City FC
July 23 – MLS – Portland Timbers
August 19  – MLS – Houston Dynamo
August 23 – MLS – Seattle Sounders
September 9 – MLS – Real Salt Lake
September 13 – MLS – Minnesota United FC
September 16 – MLS –  Columbus Crew
September 23 – MLS – Colorado Rapids
October 15 – MLS – San Jose Earthquakes

Hopefully we’ll see some additional CCL matched plus a playoff run to wrap up the season with some hardware.

For the complete Whitecaps FC MLS schedule visit whitecapsfc.com

 

Picks of the Week – July 6, 2016

As we head into the peak of summer, entertainment heats up with these picks of the week.

TUTS: another season of live Theatre Under The Stars gets under way this week as TUTS presents previews of West Side Story and Beauty and The Beast at Malkin Bowl

Straight Outta OzOz: Thursday night at The Vogue Theatre, YouTube sensation, American Idol alum and Broadway performer Toddrick Hall presents: Straight Outta Oz, is twist on the classic Wizard tale

Broadway: Thursday, Broadway Across Canada brings Disney’s Newsies – The Musical to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre for 6 shows, until Sunday.

Roar: East meets West when the BC Lions play host to Toronto Argonauts on Thursday evening at BC Place

Country: Thursday night at Rogers Arena, the Dixie Chicks return from a 10 year hiatus to bring their DCX MMXVI World Tour to Rogers Arena

Improv: This week, the Vancouver TheatreSports League adds a summer blockbuster to its roster. The Big Picture – An Improvised Movie, is a hilarious mashup paying tribute to mega movies.

Nooner:  Starting this Friday July 8th, the CBC Musical Nooner returns for a 7th year, every weekday at noon, the CBC Plaza at 700 Hamilton features a free noon hour concert.

TakeOff: This Friday the 7th annual YVR Take-Off Fridays kicks off welcoming the public and travellers to take part in free activities and entertainment. Take Off Fridays run 9:30am – 8pm every Friday until August 26th.

Slam: Hit up the Cobalt on Friday for some homo hip hop at Hustla: Summer Slam with DJs Jef Leppard and Rosé, hosted by Peach Cobblah and performances by Dynasty, Gia Metric & Flygirl.

Folk: Singer/songwriter John Prine has been an influence to many other artists over decades, hear why when he plays Vogue Theatre on Saturday

Theatre:  There’s still time to catch The Arts Club Theatre’s production of Billy Elliot at the Stanley before it closes July 10th or catch Rock Of Ages at the Granville Island Stage until July 30th.

Kicks: Saturday, Whitecaps FC begin a 4 match home stand by hosting Colorado Rapids at BC Place

Gear: Saturday, Ruff Presents Harness at The Hindenburg with DJs Zarfan and Del Stamp featuring the Men of Harness GoGos at midnight.

Bard: The 2016 season of Bard on the Beach is well underway in Vanier Park with Romeo & Juliet and The Merry Wives of Windsor running in the BMO Main Stage with Pericles joining the line-up in the Howard Family Stage this weekend.

Rock: Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler‘s solo Out On A Limb tour comes to the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday night.

Picks of the Week : August 5, 2015

It’s already the second weekend of August and summer’s festivities are showing no signs of letting up, the picks of the week are packed with fun

Champions: Vancouver gets its first taste of CONCACAF Champions League soccer as Whitecaps FC kicks off their campaign hosting Seattle Sounders tonight then on Saturday the return to MLS play hosting Real Salt Lake at BC Place

Movie: The north point of Canada Place is a free outdoor theatre as the comedy The Proposal plays on Thursday evening at dusk

Festival: For the 6th year, Virgin Mobile presents the Squamish Valley Music Festival kicks off tomorrow with an opening day of music including Current Swell, Elliott Brood and more before Sam Smith, Drake, Mumford & Sons headline the rest of the weekend.

Football: BC Lions host a rare Thursday home game when Edmonton Eskimos come to town

Broadway: Sing along with some Showtunes at 1181 on Friday for some after work entertainment

Chicago: Peter Cetera, solo artist and former lead singer of Chicago brings his decades of music to River Rock Show Theatre on Friday night

Cakes: It’s the first Friday of the month, at XY that means the club is home to Poundcake a night of tunes by Gingerbear Todd & DJ Mumbles for the sexy gogos to shake their cakes to

Bard: Spend the weekend with some Shakespeare as Bard of the Beach, presents The Comedy of Errors, King Lear, Loves Labours Lost and Shakespear’s Rebel until September 26

Blues: The 2015 Burnaby Blue + Roots Festival brings The Sheepdogs, Devin Cuddy, Jim Byrnes and more to Deer Lake Park on Saturday

Doobie: Continuing a weekend of great voices, former Doobie Brother, Michael McDonald plays the River Rock Show Theatre on Saturday night then plays Hard Rock Casino Vancouver on Sunday

Black: XYSaturdays go dark with ONYX kicking the club with hot tunes and sexy dancers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIFA Women’s World Cup – 4 days away

FIFAWomensIn just a few days, the sporting world will turn its eye to Canada as the FIFA Women’s World Cup begins on June 6th.  The seventh time the Women’s World Cup has been contested, the 2015 edition sees Canada’s first hosting duties of a senior World Cup, having previously hosted the 1987 FIFA U-16 World Championship, the inaugural FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship (which drew record numbers for the final match) in 2002, the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

This 2015 edition also includes the expansion from 16 to 24 teams, the first time squads consist of 23 players (matching the men’s teams), and the first time a team, North Korea, has been banned from competition, due to numerous failed drugs tests.

Between June 6th and July 5th,  Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton will play host to 52 matches featuring the 24 qualifying teams, culminating with the Final at BC Place on July 5th.

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BC Place’s New Turf

Canada kicks off the action against China, on Saturday at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium.  BC Place matches start on Monday with Group C action between Cameroon, Ecuador, Switzerland and 2011 Winners, Japan, on the newly installed Polytan LigaTurf.
BC Place also sees a pair of Round of 16 matches, a quarter-final and the Final on July 5th.

Tickets for FIFA Women’s World Cup are still available, find them here.

New turf coming to BC Place

BCPlace_IMG_6538British Columbia’s premier stadium is about to get another new upgrade with the introduction of upgraded synthetic field turf.  The new turf coming to BC Place is called LigaTurf RS+CoolPlus World Cup Edition 260 W ACS 90 Bionic Fibre Infill is to be installed by Burnaby’s Centaur Products Inc.  The new turf is rated to meet FIFA 2 Star Grade / World Rugby Regulation 22 standards making our already world class facility even better.

While it’s still not the natural grass many have been calling for, the $1.3 million upgrade is being done this May to allow the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be a better experience for fans and athletes.  The new turf also meets the needs of next year’s debut of the Rugby Sevens tour. The endorsement of the Whitecaps and BC Lions which both call BC Place their home field along with the FIFA Women’s World Cup organizing committee and Rugby Canada shows the excitement for all involved to play on the new pitch.

As fans, the turf’s more realistic playing surface and better experience for the players should translate into a better experience too.  We’ll see in June when BC Place debuts the new field.