Whitecaps FC launch match packs

Includes 4 MLS matches plus Man City

Starting this Saturday at 10 a.m. PT, Vancouver Whitecaps FC fans will be able to purchase match packs and receive significant savings over individual match prices. The new match packs start at just $159 - all prices include HST and are subject to a $5 processing fee per pack - and include four 2011 Whitecaps FC Major League Soccer regular season home matches spread over the course of the season, as well as the highly anticipated international match against English Premier League side Manchester City.

"Our club has received great support from fans throughout the province with more than 100,000 spectators having already experienced a Whitecaps FC match at Empire Field," said Paul Barber, Whitecaps FC CEO. "We have a number of exciting matches still to come, and felt it was the perfect time to offer a variety of packs that provide our fans with an economical option and the opportunity to see some marquee matches that best suit their busy schedules. Our team took a fun and creative approach to creating the match packs, and we look forward to seeing which pack is the most popular as they all offer something very unique."

The three match packs - GOING HOLLYWOOD, I (HEART) NY, LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR? - all include the Manchester City match, valued at $60, and four coveted MLS matches. Aside from season tickets, which also include the Manchester City game, match packs are currently the only way to secure your ticket to the July 18 international match.

GOING HOLLYWOOD is highlighted by the match on Saturday, July 30, when LA Galaxy make their lone visit to Vancouver this season. Galaxy's star-studded roster includes English international David Beckham, American international Landon Donovan and Colombian international Juan Pablo Ángel. Galaxy's last match in Vancouver attracted nearly 50,000 fans back in 2007.

I (HEART) NY includes Vancouver's home tilt against New York Red Bulls on Saturday, May 28. The Red Bulls squad is comprised of a number of international stars including French international Thierry Henry, Mexican international Rafael Márquez, and recently acquired Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario.  Also included in this match pack is the final regular season match of the season when Whitecaps FC host defending MLS Cup champions Colorado Rapids at BC Place on Saturday, October 22.

Finally, LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR? includes both matches against I-5 rivals Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers. Vancouver hosts Seattle on Saturday, September 24, in the final match at Empire Field and the following weekend welcome Portland on Sunday, October 2 for the club’s first match at the new BC Place. Match packs are available in four price categories, depending on seating. For additional information on match packs visit whitecapsfc.com/matchpacks.

Whitecaps FC Major League Soccer 2011 season tickets are also still available at a pro-rated price, starting at $235. 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.