What's your seat selection strategy

Fans securing their seats for 2011

The past weekend was an extremely busy one for the Whitecaps FC sales department, as the first wave of seat allocation for the 2011 Major League Soccer season took place.

On Saturday morning, Whitecaps MLS depositors were given the chance to select their seats in BC Place. Supporters of the Blue and White have been able to choose from seven different seating categories in BC Place, with season ticket prices ranging from a base price of $319 to the top-tier price of $1,482 (with special pricing for limited club front row seating), plus applicable tax and a $10 processing fee per order. The club's sales staff have been working tirelessly to help finalize season ticket orders and assist customers with a variety of enquiries, with the purple and yellow seating categories among the most popular with 'Caps fans.

"Since we started our seat allocation on Saturday, we have had an overwhelming response for MLS season tickets from the general public," said Whitecaps FC director of sales Roberto Cabrone. "Not only have our existing depositors moved quickly to secure their seats, many new fans are placing season ticket deposits as well. All seating sections in BC Place have been selling very well - even at this early stage of our seating allocation."

The growing interest in Whitecaps FC and MLS has also drawn the attention of several groups. Vancouver's Westside Football Club moved quickly to secure a large allocation of seats for their club members, while members of the Vancouver Southsiders supporters club have been busy securing their favourite seats. A group of soccer fans from South America and local supporters of English Premier League giants Chelsea FC have also secured blocks of seats for next year.

The seat selection process will continue throughout the week for the remaining 16,000 depositors, with plenty of great seats still available.

2011 season tickets include access to a total of 19 home matches, including all 17 MLS regular season fixtures and all Nutrilite Canadian Championship matches. In addition, Whitecaps FC season ticket holders will enjoy a number of exclusive benefits. They include savings over individual match tickets, discount on merchandise, and priority purchase rights for international friendlies that may be staged by the club. Ticket prices start at less than $17 per match and more than 60 per cent of seats are available for less than $31 per match.

To secure a seat and for additional information about Whitecaps FC MLS season tickets, suites, and loge boxes, call 604.669.9283 or visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.