Vancouver Whitecaps FC to celebrate Fan Appreciation Day

Fewer than 1,500 tickets remain for Sunday’s historic match

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC will celebrate Fan Appreciation Day this coming Sunday, October 21, for the club’s historic final 2012 Major League Soccer (MLS) regular season home match against Pacific Northwest rivals Portland Timbers. Kickoff at BC Place is set for 4 p.m. PT – TV: SNET ONE and OMNI BC, RADIO: TEAM 1410, teamradio.ca, MOBILE: bell.ca/mobiletv.

Fan Appreciation Day

  • Mullet barber shop on ‘Caps Kickoff, by donation to the United Way (minimum $5 donation)
  • 10% mullet discount on regularly priced merchandise
  • General merchandise discounts, including $12 for a single Whitecaps FC t-shirt and $10 for multiple t-shirts
  • Two-for-one hot dogs at all Dawson Dog locations for the first 30 minutes after gates open
  • Whitecaps FC 2012 Player Awards presented by BMO
  • Season ticket holders will be selected to walk out teams prior to the match
  • Whitecaps FC jerseys off the back after the match
  • Vancouver Southsiders fancy dress night
  • 8,000 fans will receive a Whitecaps FC toque upon exit from match sponsor Kia

“You couldn’t ask for a more exciting match than this,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “BC Place has been a fortress all season, and with a chance to clinch a playoff spot with a win over one of our closest rivals, we’ll need energy to be at an all-time high. What better way could there be to thank our fans for their incredible support!”

Fewer than 1,500 tickets remain for Sunday’s crucial match, as the Blue and White can become the first ever Canadian club to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs with a first MLS victory over their Cascadia rivals. Tickets are available at whitecapsfc.com/tickets or Charge-by-Phone at 1.855.646.2277.

To commemorate Fan Appreciation Day, fans will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of pre, during, and post-match activations from Whitecaps FC player awards presented by BMO and “jerseys off our backs” to contests and discounts on food and merchandise.

Fans attending the match are encouraged to come sporting a mullet in honour of captain Jay DeMerit’s vow to grow the back of his hair until Whitecaps FC qualify for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. All fans who come to the match with a mullet – whether with a haircut, wig, hair extensions or other creative method – can enter to win Jay DeMerit’s jersey off his back at the conclusion of the match. Ballots for entry will be available prior to the match at ‘Caps Kickoff on Terry Fox Plaza. Additionally, all fans with mullets will also receive a 10% discount off all regularly priced merchandise.

Before the match, fans can visit the official Playoff Hunter mullet barber shop at ‘Caps Kickoff. Haircuts will be by donation (minimum $5) with all proceeds going to the United Way of the Lower Mainland. A limited number of wigs will also be available by donation. However, fans are encouraged to bring their own wig.

Prior to kickoff, seasonal awards will be presented including Player of the Year, Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero, Most Promising Player, and Humanitarian of the Year. Fans can vote for the Player of the Year award by visiting whitecapsfc.com.

After the match, 28 lucky fans – including the mullet winner – will be invited down to the pitch to receive the jerseys off Whitecaps FC players’ backs.  Whitecaps FC hosts will come find the lucky winners during the match.

The Vancouver Southsiders supporters group are also encouraging all fans to join them in costume for their annual fancy dress night. For more details, visit http://ow.ly/ev1qQ.

With the postseason on the horizon, Whitecaps FC are offering fans the opportunity to secure their seats for potential MLS Cup Playoff matches at BC Place. All current 2012 and 2013 season ticket holders will have until Wednesday, October 17, to secure their seats for both postseason matches through a special one-week presale window by logging on to My Account Manager. Following the presale, single match playoff tickets will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, October 20, at 9 a.m. PT.