The home kickoff times for the team's 2015 campaign were announced this week, giving fans the final piece of the regular season puzzle. Unveiled alongside a broadcast schedule that will see a record 23 matches shown live on TSN1; the kickoff times give fans an opportunity to plan for the season ahead, helping to make sure that they don’t miss a minute of the action.
The news is also sure to start a flurry of activity from our match pack holders who’ve been waiting for the big announcement before deciding which ‘Caps games to commit to.
So what games should you mark in your calendars? Here are five matches that we’re expecting to sell out, fast!
MARCH 7 VS. TORONTO FC 3 p.m. PT
It’s a no brainer really, but needless to say the hotly-anticipated home opener against Canadian rivals Toronto FC is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town. After all it’s been a full four months since we last basked in the BC Place atmosphere, so there should be no shortage of fans looking to get their football fix come March 7.
APRIL 4 VS. LA GALAXY 7 p.m. PT
Steven Gerrard might not be arriving until later in the season, but the opportunity to see the ‘Caps go toe-to-toe with the MLS Champs is sure to whet the appetite of fans who’d like nothing more than to see the team get one over the Galaxy.
MAY 16 VS. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 4 p.m. PT
The ‘Caps will host three Cascadia clashes during the 2015 regular season. No doubt they’ll all prove popular with fans who are happy to indulge in any opportunity to show off their silverware to our rivals south of the border. The first visit by Seattle (who also make their way to BC Place in September) is sure to be a particular pull however, and fans are advised to secure their tickets early to avoid disappointment.
SEPTEMBER 26 VS. NEW YORK CITY FC 7 p.m. PT
There will be a keen sense of intrigue surrounding the first ever visit of one of the league’s newest outfits this September. With the likes of David Villa and Frank Lampard on their roster, NYCFC will bring plenty of glitz and glamour with them to BC Place. But beyond the star names, the real reason this one looks like being such a hit with fans is the potential impact that the late season encounter could have on the Blue and White’s playoff push.
OCTOBER 25 VS. HOUSTON 4 p.m. PT
If 2014 was anything to go by, then fans are in for a treat during the final game of the regular season. The atmosphere, the edge-of-your-seat action, that moment when the crowd rose to their feet to suck Kendall Waston’s header into the net; it was the kind of occasion we all follow football for. Hopefully the playoff picture will be much clearer by the time we get to this year’s final home encounter. However, as anyone who’s experienced one will tell you, the regular season curtain call is still one of the year’s standout fixtures; a date that we expect will be as popular this year as it was with fans last time around.