Founded in 1999, the Southsiders were originally a small group of strangers drawn together by their love of the Vancouver 86ers, as the Whitecaps were then known. The group established themselves on the south bleachers of Swangard Stadium, conveniently near both the beer garden and (in the second half, anyways) the opposition goaltender. From humble beginnings, the Southsiders have grown to include over 1200 members.
The Southside Experience
The Southside now encompasses a large chunk of the southeast corner (sections 249-254) of BC Place stadium. While this is the heart of the Southside, and the loudest part of the stadium, many of our members choose to sit elsewhere. We are open to fans of any age, asking only that if you choose to be a Southsider, you do your best to support the Whitecaps on the field. The Southsiders stand and sing for the entire match, encouraging the home side and making life difficult for the opposition.
On most match days, the Southsiders get started well before kickoff. Our home pub is Doolin’s, at Granville and Nelson, which is about a 10 minute walk from BC Place Stadium. After the pre-game beverages are consumed, the Southsiders will gather outside and walk to the stadium by the hundreds. If you want to join us, make sure you’re at Doolins around an hour before kickoff. Our usual route takes us north on Granville to Robson, then east all the way to Terry Fox Plaza, and the stadium.