BC Place 2012 MLS season opener

Gear up for a big day of soccer at BC Place!

Tomorrow promises to be an exciting day of soccer at BC Place, as Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Seattle Sounders FC renew their Interstate 5 rivalry with their first Major League Soccer meeting of 2012. 1,500 tickets remain for this Cascadia Cup curtain raiser, which will surely add to the folklore that is soccer in the Pacific Northwest. Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of the derby action! Fans can purchase their tickets starting at $20, plus applicable service charges, at all Ticketmaster Ticket Centres, online at ticketmaster.ca/whitecaps, or Charge-by-Phone at 1.855.6.GO-CAPS (1.855.646.2277).

“This weekend’s match renews one of the best rivalries in soccer and sport, as Vancouver and Seattle have battled for Pacific Northwest bragging rights since 1974,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “We look forward to the latest chapter of this long-standing derby contest and the opportunity to create another memorable day in the colourful sporting history of BC Place.”

The magnitude of tomorrow's derby contest has prompted an interesting challenge from both sides. NBA basketball star and Whitecaps FC co-owner Steve Nash has challenged his Sounders FC ownership counterpart in actor, comedian, and game show host Drew Carey. The losing club’s co-owner will wear the winning club’s jersey and take a picture of himself in that jersey for Twitter. There is a similar challenge between the three Cascadia Cup cities’ mayors – Vancouver mayor and avid soccer player Gregor Robertson, Seattle mayor Michael McGinn, and Portland mayor Sam Adams. The jerseys of this year’s Cascadia Cup winning side will be worn by the mayors and staff of the two beaten clubs.

Speaking of cups, tomorrow sees the final of this year’s UEFA Champions League being played in Munich, Germany. Whitecaps FC invite fans for Saturday’s match against Seattle to come early and enjoy the Champions League final on the big screen at BC Place, as German giants Bayern Munich and England’s Chelsea FC battle for the crown of Europe's top club. Gates at BC Place will open at 11:15 a.m. PT to show the Champions League final just prior to our MLS clash with Sounders FC at 2 p.m. PT.

Fans can also take advantage of food specials on the concourse at BC Place from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT. Specials include two hot dogs for the price of one and two burgers for the price of one. At Steveston’s Fish & Chips (Section 212), fans can purchase a two-piece fish meal for the price of a one-piece fish meal. At Section 251 at 12 p.m. PT, Culinary Team BC will feature "South Sliders" – Texas-style Pulled Pork Sliders. Make sure you give them a try!

Whitecaps FC gear is on special. Receive a free Whitecaps FC t-shirt when you spend $50.00 or more. This offer is only available until 1 p.m. PT. All merchandise locations on the concourse will be open at 11:15 a.m. PT.

Whitecaps FC look forward to seeing you tomorrow at BC Place for an exciting day of soccer action!