Whitecaps FC announce 2,500 additional tickets for MLS season opener on Saturday, March 19th

'Caps face Toronto FC at Empire Field

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Club also confirms Steve Nash will be in attendance as chief guest for season opener at Empire Field vs. Toronto FC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC today announced the release of an additional 2,500 single game tickets to the highly-coveted inaugural MLS season opening match versus Toronto FC at Empire Field on Saturday, March 19th. The club also announced NBA superstar and two-time MVP Steve Nash, who is also a Whitecaps FC co-owner, will be on hand at kickoff to welcome fans and officially open the season for the club.

“To ensure fans get a chance not to miss this historic day and attend what promises to be an incredible afternoon for the club and for the city, we’re pleased to now offer another 2,500 single game tickets to the home opener," said Vancouver Whitecaps FC chief executive officer Paul Barber. "The club is also thrilled to announce Steve Nash as our chief guest. He will lead us into our season opener and specifically into the Whitecaps FC official anthem 11 days from now. Steve’s star power, high energy, and enthusiasm will be an exciting way to open the match and add to the game time experience we have planned."

Alongside various group sales activities, Whitecaps FC opened sales of single match tickets for the first three games at Empire Field last month and sold 2,500 tickets in 24 hours for the Toronto FC match alone. Individual match tickets range from $20 to $55 (including HST), plus applicable service charges and fees, and are available in all price categories.

Whitecaps FC open their inaugural MLS season campaign at Empire Field on March 19 when they face their Canadian arch-rivals in Toronto FC. They return to Empire Field to face Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, April 2, followed by New England Revolution on Wednesday, April 6. Over the course of the 2011 season, the club will host 17 regular season fixtures, in addition to select Nutrilite Canadian Championship matches.

Whitecaps FC Major League Soccer 2011 season tickets start at a base price of $319, plus applicable tax and a $10 processing fee per order, and more than 60 per cent of seats are available for less than $31 per game. 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.

About Vancouver Whitecaps FC
In 1974, Vancouver Whitecaps FC played their inaugural season in the North American Soccer League, and in 1979, the club won the NASL Soccer Bowl championship. From 1987 to 1992, as a member of the Canadian Soccer League, Vancouver won four straight CSL titles. In 2002, Whitecaps FC created a full club model that encompasses professional teams for men and women, extensive youth development and grassroots participation programs, facility development, and the Whitecaps Foundation to support specific initiatives related to health and wellness through soccer. Since 2004, Whitecaps FC have won two United Soccer Leagues First Division championships and two USL W-League championships. In 2011, Whitecaps FC will begin their inaugural season in Major League Soccer at Empire Field before moving into the new BC Place Stadium in downtown Vancouver in early October.