AUGUST 12: The #BlueAndWhiteNavy sets sail!

Save the date, Gilligan! On Saturday August 12, there will be a #CapsOnTV excursion to Bowen Island to watch VWFC play away against the New England Revolution.

We’re calling this little nautical adventure #BlueAndWhiteNavy, which has been graciously organized thus far by our very own Chris Corrigan (@SalishSea86).

The ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Bowen Island is only 20 minutes and costs about $13 each way. We’re going to make a nice little day trip out of it. Details to follow, but we hope you’ll join us!

AUGUST 18: BC Lions v Calgary Stampeders

Join the Southsiders on Friday August 18th as they visit the SECOND best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver as the BC Lions face off against the Calgary Stampeders!

For those of you unfamiliar with Club Orange, it is an exclusive lounge located on the 300 level of the north end of BC Place. You will enjoy impressive views of the stadium from any seat with a live DJ and exclusive drink specials. Tickets for this event are $47 all-in ($49 online) and include an item of BC Lions merch!

Club Orange is 19+. Valid ID required.

The game kicks off at BC Place at 7:00 pm. The Southsiders official pre-game party will commence at 5:30pm at Doolin’s Irish Pub.

THURSDAY: Burger & Beer Fundraiser

On Thursday June 15th, the Southsiders will be hosting a Burger & Beer fundraiser at Doolin’s and you’re all invited! Start time is 6:30 pm.

As some of you may know, one of our most ardent flag-wavers, Aidan, was injured during a Southsiders rec league match almost a year ago. As a result of the injury, he’s been unable to work for over 10 months and is facing an indeterminate amount of time off based on the outcome of his upcoming surgery, scheduled for June 20th.

We don’t know about you guys, but there aren’t many of us who could afford to be off work for well over a year with no source of income / benefits to rely on! But through it all, Aidan has continued to show up week after week with a smile on his face ready to support the boys in Blue and White, wave a flag and march to the match. If you want to see the definition of #BetterSupporters, take a look in his direction!

Tickets for this event are $20 and include a burger (beef or veggie) and a beer. We will also be accepting cash donations. All proceeds from this event will go to Aidan’s recovery fund.

There will also be a silent auction featuring some rare football jerseys / kits / shirts and memorabilia from Aidan’s private collection. Not to name names, but if you’re a Team Canada, 86ers, Premier League, etc. supporter, this is definitely an event you need to attend! Word on the street is there is even a player issue Canada top featuring a former Whitecap and some Caps’ swag from the Swangard days available!

Tickets can be purchased
* through the Southsiders #CapsOnTour shop
* through Aaryn directly (e-mail: events@vancouversouthsiders.ca)
* in person at Doolin’s on Thursday.

If you plan to purchase in person, please RSVP to this event so we can give Doolin’s an accurate head count.

DIRECT DONATIONS: If you can’t join us for the event, we ask that you please consider making a $10 donation through our website. Please click here. You may have to log in to your Southsiders account to complete the transaction.

#BetterSupporters show up and support their own! See you Thursday!

SATURDAY: “Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s 1812!”

CALLING ALL SOUTHSIDERS! Our ‘Super Soccer Homecoming’ concludes this Saturday as DC United visits BC Place to take on your Vancouver Whitecaps! Join the Southsiders for their official pre-match party at Doolin’s Irish Pub. Festivities kick off at 1pm and there will be food and drinks! What more could one ask for?! Well, three points. We could ask for three points. But more on that later.

NOW ANNOUNCING YOUR STARTING FOOD & DRINK LINEUP FOR SATURDAY!

Food:

– Beer Can Chicken Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll w/ Caramelized Onions & White Cheddar, served w/ Fries | $13
– Cajun Chicken Caesar Salad w/ Grana Padano Cheese | $14
– Lamb Tikka Masal w/ Basmati Rice | $15

Drinks:

– Granville Island Belgian Saison | $6.75
– Broken Ladder Cider | $7.25
– Goose Island IPA | $6.25
– Honkers Ale | $6.25
– Bottles of Stanley Park Pilsner | $5 or Bucket of 4 | $19
– Blue Berry Bombs | $6.25

MERCH UPDATE! There will be NO MERCH TABLE AT THIS EVENT. If you have merch requests, please email Darcie at merchandise@vancouversouthsiders.ca .

Membership purchase and pick up will NOT be available at this match. If you would like to arrange pick up any time between now and May 30th, please contact Aaryn at membership@vancouversouthsiders.ca.

The march will depart Doolin’s at 2:45pm SHARP! #BetterSupporters settle their tabs and meet on the corner of Nelson & Granville on time. You won’t want to miss this sunny march to the match! After all, there are #3pts on the line! #WBWW

SATURDAY: No place like home!

After what feels like an ETERNITY on the road, the Vancouver Whitecaps are finally home! In what will surely be the most exciting event to be hosted in BC Place this month, the Caps will face Sporting Kansas City on Saturday May 20th at 4:00 pm!

Join the Vancouver Southsiders at Doolin’s for their official pre-match party, kicking off at 1:00 pm! Catch up with your fellow #BetterSupporters over pints and tasty food specials before the march to the match! Food and drink specials for Saturday are TBA.

Our membership table will be open between 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm. If you have any questions about your membership, please email Aaryn at membership@vancouversouthsiders.ca.

Our merchandise table TBA. If you have any specific merch requests, please email Darcie at merchandise@vancouversouthsiders.ca

The march to the match will leave Doolin’s at 2:45pm SHARP! #BetterSupporters settle their tabs & are promptly ready to march en masse! #WBWW

Once #3pts are collected, head back over to Doolin’s and keep the party goin’! After all, we’re going to have to wait THREE whole days to celebrate another home match together! #WelcomeHomeCaps

General Admission Survey

There has been much speculation on social media about the possible introduction of General Admission areas to the supporters end of BC Place. Some of you have also received an e-mail from the Whitecaps seeking your feedback on a scenario in which all seats in the “White” price tier would be reclassified as GA.

This seems like a good time to set the record straight.

We can confirm that the Vancouver Southsiders executive board and representatives from Curva Collective are working together to explore the feasibility of creating a GA section (or sections) in the supporters end from existing seating areas at BC Place, or possibly by adding new ones. We have not submitted any proposals to the Whitecaps yet, though we hope to at some point in the future after hearing from our membership.

We recognize there are many different ways which GA could be implemented. The size, location and right of access to any new GA section are huge factors that need to be thoroughly researched. The impacts on our members, both positive and negative, also need to be considered very carefully. Any changes to the status quo would also require the endorsement of the Whitecaps front office.

This survey (which is not the same as the one sent out by the Whitecaps) provides you with an important opportunity to share your thoughts, concerns and feedback before we proceed any further. As a current (or recent) Southsiders member your voice deserves to be heard. Please spare a few minutes of your time to help us understand what works best for you.

Click here to begin the survey.

 

We’re Blue, We’re White,

Your Vancouver Southsiders Executive Board

FRIDAY: Houston? No problem!

Join the Vancouver Southsiders for their official #CapsOnTV and #KrisOnTour away viewing party as the Caps visit Houston Dynamo!

Kick off is scheduled for 6:00 pm. Plan to get to Doolin’s Irish Pub early as downtown Vancouver will be VERY busy with the U2 concert happening at BC Place that night. The Back Bar will be reserved for Southsiders. Food and drink specials TBA.

Membership packages can be picked up or purchased BY REQUEST ONLY any time between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Please email Aaryn at membership@vancouversouthsiders.ca to arrange for pick up.

Merchandise table is TBA. If you have any specific requests, please email Darcie at merchandise@vancouversouthsiders.ca.

All merch and membership requests MUST be received prior to midnight on Thursday May 11th.

SOUTH OF THE FRASER: Don’t forget that we have a growing community of Southsiders who enjoy #CapsOnTV at The Henry in Cloverdale! See you there!

#3pts #WBWW #BetterSupporters

Join us for Cinco de Mayo and #CapsOnTV!

It’s another #CapsOnTV away viewing… now with more Tequila!

Join the Vancouver Southsiders this Friday for their Cinco de Mayo official away viewing party as the Whitecaps visit Colorado to face the Rapids!

Party starts at 6pm in the Back Bar at Doolin’s, and the match kicks off at 7pm. There will be some fun Cinco de Mayo food & drink specials so keep your eyes open to this page for updates throughout the week!

Membership and merchandise will be available BY REQUEST only!

If you would like to pick up your membership package or renew, please email Aaryn at membership@vancouversouthsiders.ca

If you have a specific merch request, please email Darcie at merchandise@vancouversouthsiders.ca.

Emails MUST be received prior to midnight on Thursday May 4th to ensure adequate time to prepare your request(s).

Let’s spend our Friday nights doing what we do best – Cheering on our boys in Blue and White to victory!

SOUTH OF  THE FRASER: Don’t forget that we have a growing community of Southsiders who enjoy #CapsOnTV at The Henry in Cloverdale! See you there!

#3pts #WBWW #BetterSupporters

Get Stuck In With Our Southsiders Sweepstakes!

Those of you who have been with us for a while know that the Vancouver Southsiders try to give back to our community by supporting meaningful charitable initiatives.

Our latest fundraising project comes in the form of a raffle with some great prizes:

First Prize: An autographed VWFC jersey (size medium) signed by none other than Fredy Montero himself! This will look great whether you are wearing it on our March To The Match, or displaying it on the wall of your home or office. You may also want to consider hanging it from the rafters of a certain supporters bar in Seattle, as it will match nicely with the #CapsOnTour sign they stole from one of our buses. No worries – they kept the sign, but we kept the points.

Second Prize: A pair of tickets in the Southside (Section 252 Row G) for our first ever home match against Atlanta United on Saturday June 3!

Third Prize: A once in a lifetime romantic railway adventure to see the Cascadian mountain range! Disclaimer: This *might* just mean SkyTrain tickets from Waterfront to King George and back, but still!

How To Enter:  Log in to your Southsiders account and purchase tickets online right now (click here). You can also buy tickets in person with cash at Doolin’s during our April 22 #CapsOnTV event for the Portland away match.This date coincides with our Freedom & Cookies For All upstairs / downstairs party which is going to be a full afternoon of awesomeness. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10.  We will hold the draw immediately following the Portland match.

You do not need to be present on April 22 to claim your prize (though it would be great if you were). Hope you heard that, out of towners! We’re trying to include you guys and gals in our give-aways more often, so don’t miss your chance to help support your community of #bettersupporters from afar!

Questions? Please contact Darcie at ops@vancouversouthsiders.ca

April 22: Freedom & Cookies For All!

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room, shall we? This Saturday, the Whitecaps will be heading to Portland to take on the Timbers in our second Cascadia Cup match of the season. It’s a massive match, and our away days bus trips to PDX are the stuff of legend. There is nowhere else we would rather be.

Unfortunately, we’re giving Uncle Sam and “American freedom” a hard pass this year.

As you know, the Southsiders aren’t organizing any away trips to the Unites States this year due to recent developments at the border. Many of us have been impacted by the uncertainty that comes along with traveling to the US. Some of us are staying home by choice, and some of us are staying home because the personal implications are very, very serious. Either way, #CapsOnTour bus trips to the US are on hiatus until further notice, because standing in solidarity with our members is the right thing to do.

We are not alone in this decision. The Girl Guides of Canada have also taken a stand in support of their members, just as we did.

When young people show this kind of awareness and leadership in our community, we think that’s something which should be recognized and celebrated. That’s why on Saturday, the Vancouver Southsiders are pairing with Girl Guides of Canada, specifically the 124th Vancouver Brownies, to bring you our “Freedom & Cookies For ALL!” upstairs / downstairs party.

 

DOWNSTAIRS: The Belmont will be open as an all-ages, family friendly venue from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm. Here’s what’s happening:

  • We’ll have the #CapsOnTV, so we encourage all of our members who are parents to bring their young’ uns  to watch the game with us. Kickoff is 1:00 pm!
  • The Brownies will be selling their delicious boxes of Girl Guide cookies from 12 pm to 3 pm. Make sure you bring some cash! Cookie coma to follow.
  • Kids tifo-making contest! We’ll provide the paper and supplies. The Southsiders will reproduce the winning creation into a railing banner that we will display at BC Place for the rest of the season.
  • Stay tuned to our Facebook events page for updates!

 

UPSTAIRS: Doolin’s Irish Pub is for members and guests who are 19+.

  • We’ll have the #CapsOnTV for the big kids.
  • Cask battle between two local breweries! First brewery to empty their cask wins and will be next month’s guest tap at Doolin’s!
  • Membership and merchandise tables will be open! Don’t forget our sweet deals for the month of April!
  • BURN YOUR BILL will be in effect! Food and drink specials TBA.

 

Our supporters group was founded on the principles of inclusivity, acceptance and respect for all who sought to stand with us. Since our earliest days we have stood for equality, and we have spoken out against racism and bigotry. We have always strived to be the place where everyone feels welcome. We are the place where everyone belongs.

Get down to Doolin’s and the Belmont early, this party is not one to be missed! This Saturday is about more than football. It’s about celebrating our members and coming together to support not only our boys in Blue & White, but to support each other. #WBWW #BetterSupporters Oh, and three points!

 

More info on The Vancouver Southsiders statement on #CapsOnTour can be found here:

http://vancouversouthsiders.ca/2017/01/board-statement-capsontour

 

The statement on US travel by Girl Guides of Canada can be found here:

https://www.girlguides.ca/web/GGC/Media/Notices/Articles/Travel_to_the_United_States.aspx

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