VANCOUVER, BC – As part of celebrations for International Women's Day, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced details for the club’s Women & Girls in Sport match this coming Saturday, March 11 at BC Place. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. PT.
Fans who aren’t able to attend the match can watch it live, only on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, or listen on AM730 Radio.
Here are a few important things to know before you go on Saturday:
Live painting by Carling Jackson – The Athlete Artist
A native of Vancouver known as “The Athlete Artist”, Carling Jackson is a humanitarian and professional athlete portrait artist whose primary aim as a contemporary artist is to “paint the change I wish to see in the world.” She is currently the world's most commissioned artist by professional athletes and was the first sports artist to paint at a FIFA World Cup. A former high performance athlete; her playing career included the BC Soccer provincial team and Canadian national team camps, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and later Southern University A&M before injuries led to an early retirement.
Last year she captured athletes and moments in public murals at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and on Saturday she will be creating a live 5x5 mural pitchside at BC Place in the Asahi Super Dry Landing as the ‘Caps take on FC Dallas. For more information on Jackson and her work, visit carlingjackson.com.
Women’s Soccer Rally, hosted by the South Sisters
The time is now! Professional women’s soccer is coming to Canada in 2025. The South Sisters supporters are hosting Whitecaps FC club reporter Sarita Patel, general manager of women’s soccer Stephanie Labbé, and other special guests for a conversation on Women & Girls in Sport. Doors will open at The Ox Pub (800 Granville Street) at 11 a.m. PT and last until the March to the Match.
The event is open to all women, 2SLGBTQIAQ+, and allies. All ages are welcomed. To secure free tickets to this exclusive pre-match event please go to vssg.ca.
Pre-match clinics led by Girls Elite Academy coaches and players
75 girls between the ages of 8 to 14 will participate in a pre-match soccer clinic led by an all Whitecaps FC, all female coaching crew.
Participants will enjoy an hour of playing soccer on the pitch at BC Place under the guidance of Whitecaps FC Girls Elite Coaches, Katie Collar & Mackenzie Matthews, and 16 players from the Girls Elite Academy program. The clinic will focus on skill development, healthy choices and having fun!
Clinic participants will be joining from:
- Surrey School Board
- BGC South Coast BC
The ‘Caps will also be hosting girls soccer teams ages nine to 13 on the pitch at BC Place, including groups from Vancouver Athletic FC, Vancouver United FC, North Shore Girls Soccer Club, North Delta FC, Surrey United SC, and more. To register a team, contact email@example.com.
March to the Match
The South Sisters will lead Saturday’s March to the Match down Robson street to BC Place.
The march will depart from Dublin Calling at 12:45 p.m. PT, and will also see supporters joining from the Ox Pub on Robson and Granville.
Four of the most talented singers in Vancouver, who have all delivered the anthems at Whitecaps FC home matches, will come together on Saturday to sing in harmony: Marie Hui, Arielle Tuliao, Elizabeth Irving, and Ema Lake.
Halftime Mini Matches
The halftime mini matches will feature teams from the North Shore Girls Soccer Club, Canada’s largest female first soccer club.
Female-focused food and drink specials
Wildeye Brewing, owned and operated by Samantha Lindeman, will feature the Wildeye Czech Pilsner discounted at sections 210 and 234, with $1 off the 12oz and $2 off the 24oz.
The Porky Pine Sandwich will also be featured at Beast Unleashed at Section 210, created by Senior Sous Chef Wendy Young of Sodexo Live!
The Whitecaps FC Women & Girls in Sport logo designed by Kelsie Lee returns.
The logo includes:
- Mimosa flower – official flower for International Women's Day, symbol of femininity and strength
- Transgender flag colours – pink, baby blue and white, represents gender and inclusivity
- Lightning – represents a silent, powerful force that strikes unexpectedly
- Leopard print and hearts – a nod to Lee's signature style
Saturday’s officiating crew will include both Brooke Mayo and Felisha Mariscal as assistant referees.
The in-stadium voice for Saturday’s match will be local PA announcer France Perras.
Perras has previously been in the PA booth at ’Caps matches, including French language announcements during Canadian Championship games.
Kid Captain of the Match
In conjunction with Canadian Blood Services, Whitecaps FC are honoured to have Aubrey Hirsch as Kid Captain. Saturday’s presentation will be alongside the South Sisters supporters group.
Aubrey was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in September 2016 when she was only 17 months old. She received extensive chemotherapy treatment followed by a stem cell transplant in February 2017. During her treatment she also received more than 50 units of blood products that helped save her life. She is now seven years old and resides in Vancouver. Please join in welcoming Aubrey to Saturday’s match!
Supporter of the Match
Saturday's Supporter of the Match will be Santana Brauer of the South Sisters.
Brauer has been a supporter since the inaugural MLS season in 2011. Her favourite memory is Eric Hassli’s goal that no one was expecting against Seattle. She enjoys the kindness and inclusivity of all members of the South Sisters, and the promotion of diversity and acceptance while coming together through the team and sport they love and support.
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.
BC Soccer Adult Provincial Championship Draw
BC Soccer will be hosting the 2023 Adult Provincial Championship Draw at the BC Sports Hall of Fame before the match on Saturday, beginning at 12 p.m. PT, with doors opening at 11 a.m. PT.
The draw is open to anyone who wants to attend (100 person capacity). Any BC Soccer members who attend can get access to specially priced tickets for the match.
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 1 p.m. PT. Gates for suite entry will open at 12:30 p.m. PT.
Kickoff is officially at 2:09 p.m. PT.
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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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 additional special events throughout the season celebrating our community, including a Vaisakhi celebration coming up on April 8: whitecapsfc.com/news/whitecaps-fc-announce-2023-celebration-matches.