Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City

Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City – Empire Field – April 2, 2011

Whitecaps Fans with mascot "Spike"

The sun held the dark clouds at bay while 20,518 Whitecaps fans filled Empire Field for the season’s second home match.

It was nearly a perfect day…if only the ball had gotten past Kansas City’s ‘keeper Jimmy Nielsen , it would’ve been perfect!

From devestating loss to a exhilatating draw in stopped time

Having been held to just one goal by some near misses and brilliant goalkeeping by Nielsen the Whitecaps fans were facing a 3-1 first home loss but just as the sun held out so did theplayers.
With an ample 5 minutes of stoppage time in the second half the Whitecaps lit up the stadium coming back to put the ball in the net twice more to earn a draw and maintain a loss-less home record. Read the full match report on WhitecapsFC.com
If the ‘Caps keep providing excitement it’s only a matter of time before the stands are sold out all season long! Get a ticket and join the White & Blue for a good time!
Next home match at Empire Field is Wednesday April 6, 2011

Top 10 Sporting Event Etiquette Do’s & Don’ts

Of all public spectator events this is the one time you’re invited to be boisterous and loud but still there are ways to make it fun to have fun!

1. DO arrive early…the beer line-ups are long and you don’t want to miss the start of the game.
2. DON’T arrive drunk. It’s great to have a few pre-drinks but remember it takes a while to settle into your system. Timing is everything.
3. DO wear your team’s colours and cheer them on!
4. DON’T disgrace your team’s colours/jerseys by committing a felony when wearing them.  I’m sure they they can do without you being branded as a “TeamX Fan” when you’re arrested.
5. DO engage in a some light hearted ‘trash-talk’ with rival fans.
6. DON’T turn the trash-talk into an all out brawl…a la European soccer hooligans
7. DO sit in the non-alcohol seats if you bring your kids and are looking for a ‘family’ experience.
8. DON’T throw things onto the field of play (except for special occasions…hattricks etc) it just delays the game.
9. DO streak if you really feel the need and if you’re willing to be publicly ridiculed and ejected from the venue. See #2
10. DON’T commentate or coach from your seat. We can all see what’s happening, if we wanted a play-by-play we’d have stayed home.

Top Vancouver Attractions for Spring Break

As Spring is upon us and students are out on Spring Break, parents are probably seeking out family activities to occupy and entertain the little ones.

While a trip to Disneyland might be on everyone child’s wishlist there is still plenty of fun to be had locally to make everyone happy. Leave the hustle and bustle of the work week behind and see the city from a different perspective by being a tourist in your own town for a day!

Here’s a few of the more popular attractions in Vancouver:

Grouse Mountain: “The Peak of Vancouver” is a year-round playground for the whole family. This year’s heavy snowfall means it’s still ‘winter’ on the mountain, head up for

Grouse Mountain Super Skyride

snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, skating or skip all those and just head straight for the Chalet and the many restaurant and lounge options.

Capilano Suspension Bridge: Since 1889 Cap Bridge has been ‘wowing’ visitors as they cross the bridge 70m above the Capilano River. The TreeTops Adventures carry the adventure on throughout the forest and gardens.

Vancouver Aquarium: Canada’s largest aquarium houses a

Vancouver Aquarium Dolphins

vast array of flora and fauna within the heart of Stanley Park. Beluga Whales and Dolphin shows draw large crowds but perhaps the Otter habitat is the most popular destination within the aquarium.

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden:  The first garden of its kind outside of China, these Vancouver Gardens are a beautiful oasis on the edge of Chinatown. Splendid colours abound as the trees and greenery start to bloom, contrasting with the dark, stark stone laid throughout the gardens.

New & Old Worlds side by side at Dr Sun Yat Sen Gardens

Granville Island Public Market: The stunning arrays of colours, wafting aromas and hustle and bustle of the Public Market make every trip a sensory overload. Fresh produce, baked goods and tasty savouries, sit alongside unique merchants and artisans.

Science World at Telus World Of Science: It’s all hands on at Science World! Rotating exhibits make sure children young and old will find something new and interesting with every visit.

Stanley Park: Sitting on the edge of downtown Vancouver this 1000acre oasis is one of the world’s largest urban parks (New York’s Central Park is 843acres). With beaches, gardens, forests, attractions, sports, eateries all within the park there’s something to entertain every family member.

Colours come alive at Springtime in Stanley Park

 

2010 Olympic Memories

From February 12 – 28, 2010 Vancouver welcomed the world but more importantly woke up to the world and became a global city! The 2010 Winter Olympic Games finally arrived in Vancouver after a decade of pitches, plebiscites, planning, building, protests, decorating and some more protests.

In typical Vancouver fashion the very vocal naysayers seemed to have the ears and eyes of the public while the organizing committee went about their business.  Economic boom years at the start of the process gave way to an unprecedented economic bust right at the eleventh hour…sponsors went bankrupt, builders financing collapsed, income dropped & unemployment skyrocketed.  Were the Games in trouble? They weren’t in the financial shape they’d hoped to be but the committee persevered, they’d come this far…the finish line was in site
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By the time the Olympic Torch completed it’s epic journey along the longest relay in history, none of the ‘issues’ mattered…this was The Olympics and judging by the spontaneous euphoria that the people of Vancouver displayed they were in need of a party! Party they did…every moment for 17 amazing days thousands poured into downtown Vancouver! The pavilions were lined up with crowds wanting to catch a glimpse of the Olympic Medals at the Royal Canadian Mint or watch a concert at LiveCity Yaletown or even just enjoy the camaraderie of having a beer and watching the game on a big screen in Celtic House.

After years of being “No-Fun” Vancouver and being wary of congregating in large groups the populous had had enough and they got their wanted to show that it was indeed OK to have fun and enjoy the moment. Never in Olympic, and certainly not in Vancouver’s, history had there been such an exuberant display of national and civic pride!

Those who left town or stayed away realized they missed out, those who participated will never forget and everyone now knows that Vancouver, has what it takes to be a World Class City.

What were your favourite memories of the Games?

As we celebrate the one year anniversary of the 2010 Games, relive your memories with lots of activities throughout Vancouver. Check out where to “Share the Spirit” this weekend by visiting the City Of Vancouver website

BC Lions – Empire Field

BC LIONS vs SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS : EMPIRE FIELD – 31October2010

Finally, on the last home game of the season, I made it to Empire Field!
While BC Place is under renovations the CFL’s BC Lions have ventured across town to their old East Van stomping grounds and encamped at a temporary 27,000 stadium at Empire Field.
I’d heard all season about the great views and audience experience and I must agree they have done an exceptional job for a temporary venue. We had great seats (thanks Pam!) in the second row, right behind the Lions bench but it looked like every row had great sightlines of the field. There was decent, fast service at the concession stands and beer stalls around the outside of the stadium. Since it was a dry, warm afternoon when the game started it made the experience even better. 
The Half-Time show on this day was a tribute to Veterans in commemoration of the upcoming Veteran’s Week. It was a really well done half time experience. I know from speaking with Lion’s management that there were a lot of other great half time shows over the season. So even though at the begining of the season the Lions weren’t putting on a lot of winning shows they still entertained the audience. This seems to have paid off, if the looks and sounds of the boisterous Halloween day crowd is anything to go by, they were still firmly pro-Lions (much to the dismay of the many wearing ’Riders green in the crowd) 
Next season Empire Field will be temporary home to another football club as Whitecaps FC begin their premier MLS season at the field they also played on back in the NASL era.  Once BC Place is completed, scheduled for June, the Whitecaps and Lions will play under its new retracable roof and Empire Field’s temporary structures will come down and it will revert back to a public field.
I look forward to seeing more games at Empire!