'Caps Chronicle: Crown Jewel

Whitecaps FC in the news - September 8, 2011

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:

The renovation to BC Place is now in it's final stages, and yesterday a media tour was held to show off many of the new upgrades and features of the revamped facility.  "This is a complete refurbishment using the really solid bones of the original BC Place. We've created an entirely new, really modern, much more functional venue than the original building," said chairman of BC Pavillion Corporation David Podmore (Gerry Bellett – Vancouver Sun).

And with the overhaul almost complete, Whitecaps FC fans will get to experience the glamour and beauty of Vancouver’s new crown jewel when the ‘Caps play their first match on Bell Pitch downtown against Portland Timbers on October 2. Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi summed things up best: "We've gone from the minor leagues to the major leagues, in the league that we play and in the stadium we play in" (Ian Austin – The Province).

Excited to get that fresh air feel at the new venue? Learn about how the new roof will allow for more natural light and create a new, positive atmosphere. “I think it really changes the atmosphere and feel," Podmore said.  "It definitely doesn't feel so tight and enclosed. It'll be wonderful on a beautiful sunny evening” (Shane Bigham – News 1130).

Looking at this weekend, the ‘Caps will battle New York Red Bulls on Saturday as they continue the hunt for their first victory on the road in MLS competition. Check out how the ‘Caps prepare for road matches and what routines the players use to deal with the long travel days (Marc Weber – The Province). 

WHITECAPS FC ON THE RADIO:

Make sure you listen to ‘Whitecaps FC Daily’ with Peter Schaad on TEAM 1410 sports radio throughout the week as he connects with his partner in crime Paul Dolan to discuss a variety of topics this week. You can listen right now on teamradio.ca or find the podcast you are looking for right HERE.

The show is on every Monday to Friday at 3:00 p.m. PT on AM 1410.   

Need even more soccer updates, information, and soccer perspective? Listen live to ‘Full-Time: Vancouver’s Soccer Show’ with Tyler Green and Mike Martignago’ which can be heard every Sunday from 9:00 – 11:00p.m. PT.

WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE:

We start with a new video today, as Zac Ratcliffe was able to snag some footage of the future home of Whitecaps FC before the opening match on October 2. Watch ‘Bell Pitch downtown Preview’ to see the progress and upgrades. Prepare to be amazed! (Zac Ratcliffe – whitecapsfc.com).

The growth of the club is certainly not limited to the new stadium. You should see what is happening with the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency program! Get informed about the youth development system as the program expands with more potential than ever before (whitecapsfc.com).

Also, the new ‘Women’s Weekly’ segment returned for the second edition. It was another successful week for this past summer’s squad of Vancouver Whitecaps women who dominated NCAA and CIS play with amazing goals, great saves, and victories (Jamieson Brooks – whitecapsfc.com).

Are your kids dreading going back to school? Maybe the ‘Caps can help! Check out Vancouver Whitecaps FC gear that will allow the kids to look great and show off their favourite soccer club! From t-shirts, hoodies, hats, jerseys, and other awesome attire, back to school shopping has never been easier (whitecapsfc.com).

Also, don’t forget Vancouver Whitecaps FC is on Facebook and Twitter @ ‘WhitecapsFC’ and ‘WhitecapsMatch’ to get all the updates, information, latest stories, and live match updates.

CANADIAN SOCCER REPORT:

After two successful matches for the Canadian men’s national soccer team, check out the standings in Round Two of ‘Group D’ action as the ‘red and white’ continues its quest for Brazil 2014. Canada’s 2W-0L-0D record will next be challenged in October against St. Lucia and Puerto Rico. 

“The 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament will be held at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC, from January 19 to 29, 2012. Tournament packages will go on sale September 9, 2011, with affordable prices featuring an average ticket price of just under $6.50 per match across 15 matches in eight days of world class soccer” (whitecapsfc.com).