VANCOUVER, BC – It's been a minute.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back and expecting the club's largest home opener crowd since 2020!
The ‘Caps kick off their 2023 MLS season this Saturday, February 25 when they host Real Salt Lake at BC Place.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the match, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. PT, with up to 10cm of snow expected on Saturday. Matchday information is available at whitecapsfc.com/matchday, with additional FAQs at whitecapsfc.com/matchday/faqs.
Here are a few important things to know before you go on Saturday:
Free scarf, courtesy of TELUS
Last week, Whitecaps FC welcomed TELUS as the club’s premier partner through 2027.
To celebrate the new partnership, TELUS team members will be giving away 20,000 co-branded Whitecaps FC scarves. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to receive their scarf.
March to the Match
Join the supporters on the March to the Match down Robson street to BC Place.
The march will depart from Dublin Calling at 6:15 p.m. PT, and will also see supporters joining from the Ox Pub on Robson and Granville.
Gates A, C, H, E, G, and the Accessible drop-off/pick-up located along Pacific Boulevard at section 147 will all be open for entry starting at 6:30 p.m. PT. Gates for suite entry will open at 6 p.m. PT.
Kickoff is officially at 7:39 p.m. PT.
The Asahi Super Dry Landing
The Asahi Super Dry Landing provides the perfect atmosphere to kick back with the squad, entertain clients, or enjoy an evening with the family with the best views in BC Place – right behind the player benches!
Make sure to visit the Thirsty Pigeon stands on the concourse to get your Asahi beer.
The Kids Combo returns at Dawson Dogs (sections 227 and 201) and Lions Gate Grill (228 and 254). The combo is $6 for a hot dog or chicken strips, fries, and a drink.
The last call for alcohol in the stadium will be the 75th minute of the match.
Videoboard special messages
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Kid Captain of the Match
Whitecaps FC are honoured to have Sierra Richardson as Kid Captain of the club's 2023 home opener against Real Salt Lake. Saturday’s presentation will be alongside Rain City Brigade supporters group.
Sierra is eight-years-old, loves watching and being involved with soccer, and is Spike’s number one fan! Sierra was born seven weeks early with down syndrome and primarily communicates via American Sign Language (ASL) due to a respiratory issue. At four-months-old, Sierra was nearly lost to a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), if not for the speedy action of the Fraser Lake Ambulance. Today, Sierra uses music as a positive outlet in her learning. Please join us in welcoming Sierra to the match!
Supporter of the Match
Saturday's Supporter of the Match will be Rob Danyluk from Rain City Brigade.
Rob has been a Whitecaps fan since 1979, and a season ticket holder and member of Rain City Brigade since 2017. His favourite memory is watching the 'Caps win the Canadian Championship at BC Place last year!
Clear bags/Bag Check
For ease of entry, Whitecaps FC and BC Place recommend you don’t bring a bag to the stadium.
If you do bring a bag, make sure it’s made of clear plastic and smaller than 12”x12”x6”. Exceptions will be made for diaper bags and medically necessary items that do not fit into a clear bag. You can bring one small opaque bag, but it can’t be larger than 6.5”x 8.5”. All bags will be inspected prior to entry.
All tickets for Whitecaps FC matches are through mobile ticketing, providing a contactless and paperless experience.
Season ticket members and pack holders will need to access their tickets through whitecapsfc.com/accountmanager. Single match buyers will access their tickets through Ticketmaster.
In order to reduce the potential for hand-to-hand contact, and to improve the efficiency of payment transactions, BC Place is now a cashless venue.
Concessions and food and beverage vendors will accept all major digital forms of payment including Mobile, Debit Cards, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Google Pay and Apple Pay. Cash payments will not be accepted.
There will be a Cash to Card kiosk located at Sec 235 where guests can exchange cash for cards to use at the food and beverage locations throughout the stadium.
Canadian Blood Services
Visit the Canadian Blood Services at section 215 and learn more about the many ways to join Canada’s Lifeline and make all the difference. Fans who register for an account on the Canadian Blood Services app GiveBlood (myaccount.blood.ca) will be eligible to receive free personalized cresting (name and number) on a 2023 Bloodlines jersey.
Keep an eye out for a number of special events throughout the season celebrating our community, including the second Women & Girls in Sport match on March 11: whitecapsfc.com/news/whitecaps-fc-announce-2023-celebration-matches.