VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC are coming back to BC Place.
The club confirmed on Friday that the ‘Caps will make their long-awaited return to their home stadium, with supporters, on Saturday, August 21. That match against Western Conference foes Los Angeles FC will mark the first time in 539 days the ’Caps faithful will be able to support their team at BC Place. The club’s second home game at BC Place will be against Real Salt Lake on Sunday, August 29. Both matches are set to kick off at 7 p.m. PT.
MLS teams will continue to abide by the cross-border public health protocols enacted on July 5 by the Canadian government, which are required of all individuals entering the country. In accordance with the national protocols, fully-vaccinated players and staff are not subject to a quarantine period, however, all individuals must conduct molecular COVID-19 testing prior to travel and upon arrival in Canada.
The announcement comes as MLS remains in communication with the Canadian government regarding plans for MLS Canadian teams to host their remaining home matches in Canada pursuant to a National Interest Exemption.
All three Canadian teams will be permitted to have fans and media in attendance at matches, in compliance with all national and regional guidelines.
“We are very, very excited to finally return home and play in front of our amazing supporters at BC Place,” said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC sporting director and chief executive officer. “A number of our players haven’t experienced the joy of playing in Vancouver with fans, so this will be a special moment. We would like to extend a big thank you to BC Place, the government, the league, and all of our partners for working closely with us to put in the safest measures possible.”
Next week, season ticket members and pack holders will receive details outlining their priority seating and an exclusive purchase window for tickets. Single match tickets will then go on sale following the window for members. There are also a limited number of Kickoff Packs, which includes the first three matches back at BC Place for only $99.90.
- Canadian clubs receive approval for home matches in August
- Season ticket members will receive priority seating – more information next week
- Saturday, August 21 vs. LAFC will be the first home game at BC Place with fans since February 29, 2020
- VWFC were out of market for the final 12 games of 2020 and the first 19 games of 2021
Also announced earlier this week, the club was able to work with Austin FC and BC Place to re-schedule the ‘Caps home match on Wednesday, July 28 to Saturday, September 4. Following the match against Minnesota United on July 31, Vancouver will return to Canada for training before three consecutive road matches to start August. The club has also moved the home match against Real Salt Lake from Saturday, August 28 to Sunday, August 29.
For information on fan experience and new safety measures at BC Place, visit whitecapsfc.com/matchday.