Whitecaps FC begin 2012 season ticket renewals and sales

Renew early for great bonus prizes

Vancouver Whitecaps FC will launch season ticket renewals for the club's second Major League Soccer (MLS) season starting tomorrow - Thursday, August 18. Prospective new season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase season tickets as of Tuesday, August 23.

2012 season ticket holders will receive tickets to all MLS regular season and all Nutrilite Canadian Championship matches. Season ticket holders also receive priority purchase rights to international and playoff match tickets. Other benefits include significant savings over individual match ticket pricing, the opportunity to purchase pre-sale tickets for select concerts at BC Place, and discounts on Whitecaps FC merchandise.

2012 MLS Season Ticket Prices
 Green - $329
 Teal - $429
 Aqua - $499
 Yellow - $599
 Blue - $799
 Purple - $988
 Club - $1,299 - $1,759
*Plus applicable taxes and $10 processing fee per order

The pricing increase for 2012 season tickets is less than three per cent higher than 2011 pricing and reflects the facility fees associated with the club's new home on Bell Pitch downtown at BC Place.

"Whitecaps FC season tickets continue to be an exceptional value, with tickets starting as low as $329 per seat," said Paul Barber, Whitecaps FC chief executive officer. "65 per cent of all inventory of Whitecaps FC tickets are valued at less than $599, which make season tickets a great option for all fans. We thank our supporters for the fantastic atmosphere they created in our inaugural season in MLS, and look forward to welcoming them back to Bell Pitch downtown for our second season in March 2012."

On August 18, current season ticket holders will receive their 2012 season ticket invoice and deposit information via email. Season ticket holders who pay their deposit by Monday, October 10, will be entered into a draw to win one of two grand prizes for a trip for two to the 2011 MLS Cup in Los Angeles, California.

Fans interested in purchasing new season tickets for the 2012 season can start the selection and purchase process on August 23. Every two weeks, all committed 2012 season ticket holders will be entered into a draw for great bonus prizes from Whitecaps FC partners, including a Whitecaps FC branded mini fridge from Budweiser, a penthouse prize pack from River Rock Casino Resort, and a $500 Sport Chek gift certificate, among others.

For more information on the purchasing process, contest details, and Eric Hassli’s message about protecting your turf in 2012, visit whitecapsfc.com/protect.

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. This year, Whitecaps FC began their inaugural season in Major League Soccer on Bell Pitch at Empire Field and will host the club's home opener in early October at Bell Pitch downtown.