Scarves Up For Our Volunteers (PART 3)

To Our Southsiders Volunteer Team:
 
How we are approaching the end of 2017 is still beyond me. It feels like I haven’t had a chance to look up since our AGM last December, but in the best of possible ways! To say it’s been a busy year is an absolute understatement and without each of you helping and guiding me along the way, none of it would have been possible.
 
From the Membership side of things, I want to take this opportunity to personally thank Joann Bessler for getting me into this (I’ll get you back for it one of these days, I promise haha) and to Dan Olson, Dan Emerson, and Janna Gabrek for their support at the Membership table at Doolin’s throughout the season. Without their help, it would’ve been complete and utter scarf chaos, so kudos to them for keeping me in line!
 
Events & Partnerships have been a bit of a whirlwind this year. We had many things to accomplish in 2017 to get us back on course with our Partners and am happy to report we made excellent headway. Re-building our Match Day events was a HUGE goal of ours this year, and we’ve seen numbers in the 75+ range show up to Doolins for away viewings. That is a colossal step forward and I hope we can keep that momentum going into next season and beyond.
 
Another one of my goals at the beginning of the season was to plan at least one event per month that wasn’t solely match-day related and am happy to report we pulled off sixteen (16!!!) of them! From our Launch Party in February, to our 2nd annual Blue & White Navy trip to Bowen Island, to Ousted Appreciation Night and everything in between, we’ve accomplished so much and I truly cannot wait to see what 2018 brings. Events would not work without each and every supporter who comes out and celebrates with us. Thank you to everyone who made an effort, both on match days and at other events, to come out and show their Support with the Southsiders.
 
I’d like to take a moment to thank Rob Wheeler for passing the torch and being an amazing sounding board for some of my hairbrained event ideas. Special thanks are owed to Gail Embree & Brendan Beynon for bringing their enthusiasm our way over the course of the year and helping out with events whenever I needed some extra hands on deck. Thank you to Ryan Burns for holding down the fort and making sure the other volunteers were taken care of when I needed extra help. Thank you to Julian Anderson, Darren Alexander and the SouthIslanders for hosting our crew at Yates Street Taphouse in Victoria. Thank you to Chris Corrigan for all his help with Blue & White Navy as well as some awesome suggestions over the course of the season. Thank you to the Pigeon Casuals for bringing their enthusiasm over to Doolin’s in the latter portion of the season and getting the supporters pumped up with a few new chants. And finally, a massive thanks to James Young, Kieran Baldwin, Barry Walsh and the crew at Doolin’s for taking care of us this year. Our demands were high and they did a great job hosting us (Read: Sorry about the shout-y emails. I only meant *some* of it).
 
Thank you to each and every member and volunteer for making 2017 one of my proudest to be a Southsider.
 
Bring on 2018!
 
Aaryn Vivian
Vancouver Southsiders Events, Membership and Partnerships

Scarves Up For Our Volunteers (PART 2)

On behalf of Vancouver Southsiders Operations, I want to thank everyone who came out to volunteer this year. We have been very lucky to have so many members stand up and make the Southside great in 2017. Thank you for your creativity, painting skills, and storytelling abilities. Thank you for your selling skills and marketing skills. Thank you for being loud, for cheering, clapping, and for your extraordinary ability to encourage others to support loudly with us.

Thank you for knowing how to use the elastic dongles and the pitfalls that goes along with them. Thank you for hauling flags, drums, and banners all over the city. Thank you for cleaning up and rolling every single flag at the end of the matches.  Thank you for your time, effort, hard work, and love of the Whitecaps. Thank you for supporting our team to into a second round playoff position!

I do really try and personally see everyone who comes out and to thank volunteers who spend so much time doing stadium set up, tifo design and painting, merchandise, stadium clean up, and with the march to the match. We had over 50 different people come out and help, and I hope each and every one of you knows how appreciated it was.  The entire gameday experience was what drew me to the Southside, and I was honoured to help pull it all together.  I would like to think we brought that feeling to others.  From the start to the end of the season we had incredible, creative, and often hilarious fun year together. Your willingness to use your gifts and abilities has strengthened our support of our team and of the Southside.

I had an amazing, crazy time, and learnt so much from you all. I truly hope that we get to work together again in the 2018 season.

Thank you, you make the Southside great.

 

Darcie Kerr

Vancouver Southsiders Operations

Scarves Up For Our Volunteers (PART 1)

This is the first in a series of thank you messages from the Southsiders Executive Board to our many volunteers who made 2017 such an enjoyable experience for our little community. Part 1 acknowledges the hard work of our social media volunteers and our Southsiders Digital Team.

We cannot overstate how lucky we are to have Duncan Nicol as our in-house photographer. His pictures are ALWAYS fantastic. Covering our marches, matches, away travel & social events is basically a full time job. THANK YOU Duncan for your heroic efforts behind the lens. Please check out his superb photo galleries at flickr.com/vancouversouthsiders

The work by our Southsiders Digital Team has also been incredible. Tremendous thanks go to Darren Alexander, Aidan Rantoul, Oskar Steiner and Steve Kavanagh for grinding out so many videos and graphics for us! They looked absolutely fantastic. In case you weren’t aware, these fellows were responsible for creating things like the MTTM videos, our awesome social media banners, #CapsOnTV event posters, our scarf and T-shirt designs, our rocking new compass crest and so much more. THANK YOU!

Our internal and external communications is an enormous job. It takes a lot of work to keep our members informed about our pre-match activities, our #CapsOnTV away viewings, our social events and our fundraising efforts. We also had several people generating content for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, our website and our News Flash membership e-mails throughout the year. A sincere THANK YOU to Aaryn Vivian, Chris Corrigan, Brandon O’Connor, Ryan Burns, Victor Sum, Paul Sabourin-Hertzog, Peter Czimmerman, John Knox, Duncan Nicol and a few others.

An extra round of applause is due to Rebecca Bollwitt, better known to the Twitter-verse as @Miss604. THANK YOU Rebecca for your awesomely entertaining Twitter takeovers on match days in Vancouver.

John Knox, Vice President
Vancouver Southsiders Communications

PLAYOFFS: Seattle Away Tickets ON SALE NOW

Leg 1 will be in Vancouver on Sunday October 29. KO is at 5:30 pm. Home tickets are available through the Whitecaps and TicketBastard.

Leg 2 will be in Seattle on Thursday November 2. Away tickets are just $35 CDN (taxes and fees included) and can be purchased through our website at  CapsOnTour.ca.

MEMBERS: You will log in to make your purchase using your Southsiders membership app credentials.

NON-MEMBERS: You will need to create a guest user profile via the “forgot password” feature before completing the transaction.

 

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IMPORTANT DETAILS 

 

1) Away tickets purchase deadline is Tuesday October 31 at 12 noon.

2) Away tickets will be provided to you as a downloadable PDF on November 1.

3) All sales are final.

4) The away supporter sections at Century Link are General Admission. There is *no* assigned seating, despite any seat numbers which appear on your tickets.

5) We reserve the right to refuse and / or cancel sales to anyone engaging in unethical purchasing or re-selling practices.

6) Ticket re-sale is strongly discouraged. If you really must, re-purchaser names are required to be updated at CapsOnTour.ca prior to ticket downloads.

7) Details about ticket access, ingress, egress will be e-mailed to purchasers as soon as the information is available from the Sounders front office.

8) Seattle colours & apparel will *not* be permitted in the away supporters sections under any circumstances.

9) Please leave your Southsiders scarves at home out of respect for our members who cannot cross the border with the same ease that you can. Whitecaps, Cascadia and Canada scarves are suggested substitutes.

10) We’re blue, we’re white, and we’re most definitely f—ing dynamite!

OCTOBER 29: Whitecaps Super Sunday!

Pinch us, because it still feels like we’re dreaming!

After an EPIC 5-0 win (and first ever playoff win!) over the San Jose Earthquakes, the Caps are back in action for the first leg of the Western Conference Semifinals on Sunday October 29th at BC Place!

Join the Vancouver Southsiders at Doolin’s Irish Pub to kick off the next round of playoff action! Festivities begin at 1:00 pm, and the March to the Match will depart Doolin’s at 4:15 pm SHARP!

Kickoff is at 5:30 pm.

BURN YOUR BILL will be in effect!

Our Merch and Membership tables will be open between 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm.

#BetterSupporters get to Doolin’s early on match day, MARCH and cheer our boys in Blue & White to playoff victory!

#DontBeAClint #WBWW

NOW ANNOUNCING YOUR STARTING FOOD & DRINK LINE-UP FOR SUNDAY!

FOOD:

Loaded Foot Long Hot Dog:
Served with Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Cilantro Cream Sauce, Fresh Jalapeño & Green Onions | $12 – *Veggie Dog available for an additional $1.50

Doolin’s Stuffed Calzones:
Filled with Pepperoni, Capicola Ham, House Marinara, Loaded w/ 3 Cheeses in our house Puff Pastry, served with Ranch Dip | $14

DRINKS:

– NEW! Bridge Brewing Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale | $6.75
– Naramata Cider | $7.75
– Doolin’s Ale | $6.25
– Molson Canadian | $6.75
– Granville Island Summer Ale Bottles | $5 or Bucket of 4 | $19
– Blue Bombs | $6.25

Why You Should Care About #SaveTheCrew

If you haven’t heard about the dreadful situation unfolding in Columbus, it’s important that you read up on this issue and speak out about it.

Anthony Precourt – the principal owner of the Columbus Crew since 2013 – is actively pursuing opportunities to relocate the team to Austin, Texas in the 2019 season if he can’t obtain a new stadium in downtown Columbus. This news broke just as the Columbus Crew began collecting non-refundable season ticket payments for 2018.

Supporters are understandably distressed and outraged by these developments. Equally concerning is that MLS Commissioner Don Garber is quoted in a news release issued by Precourt Sports Ventures which implies support for the relocation.

The Columbus Crew is one of the founding clubs of Major League Soccer. The team built the first soccer specific stadium in MLS, and they have a fiercely loyal fanbase with strong support from local businesses. There is no good reason to tear this club away from its community.

As Vancouverites we are all too familiar with what happens when wealthy entrepreneurs target existing professional sports teams for relocation to preferred cities as an alternative to paying huge expansion fees. That’s precisely why the Vancouver Grizzlies NBA team now plays in Memphis, Tennessee.

We would like you to stand up for supporters across our league. Mr. Precourt can’t move his team without support from other MLS owners. Tell the ownership team at Vancouver Whitecaps FC that the relocation of the Columbus Crew is unacceptable. Click here to add your name to a growing list of Vancouver supporters who want Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett and Steve Nash to help #SaveTheCrew.

Best In The West Is On The Line!

For those of you who are not travelling to Portland, we encourage you to join us at our final #CapsOnTV parties of the regular season tomorrow on Sunday October 22.

We’ll be at Doolin’s Irish Pub as always, as well as The Henry in Surrey. Kick off is 1:00 pm. More details about food and drink specials are coming soon!

BURN YOUR BILL will be in effect at Doolin’s!

Merch and Membership will be available BY REQUEST ONLY for this match.

E-mail Darcie at merchandise@vancouversouthsiders.ca for any Merch requests.

Email Aaryn at membership@vancouversouthsiders.ca to arrange membership package pick-up.

#BetterSupporters staying north of the border head to Doolin’s on Sunday mornings to cheer the Caps on to #3pts and first place in the West!

 

MATCH PREVIEW: ROUND 34

Whitecaps FC will finish first in the Western Conference with a:

Win or draw vs. Portland

 

Whitecaps FC will finish second in the Western Conference with a:

Loss to Portland AND
Seattle loss or draw vs. Colorado

 

Whitecaps FC will finish third in the Western Conference with a:

Loss to Portland AND:
Seattle win vs. Colorado

 

Should the ‘Caps finish first or second, they would host the second leg of the Western Conference Semifinals on November 5 at BC Place. Should they finish third, they would host a Knockout Round match on either October 25 or October 26.

ON SALE NOW: Seattle Away (September 27)

Tickets for the Wednesday September 27 away match vs. Seattle Sounders are now available.

Sales are open to members and non-members alike.

All seats in the away supporters section are General Admission. Kickoff is 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $34 Canadian (includes taxes and fees) and can be purchased online at www.capsontour.ca Click on the “ticket purchase online” button under the Southsiders logo to begin your transaction.

Southsiders members will be asked to use their membership login credentials. Non-members will be prompted to register a free username and password.

PLEASE NOTE: The Southsiders are not organizing #CapsOnTour buses this season due to ongoing issues at the US border which impact some of our members. We continue to stand in solidarity with our members and will re-evaluate our position at a later date. We respectfully request that members leave their Southsiders scarves at home if they plan to travel to the USA.

OCTOBER 7: Southsiders Head To Victoria!

The Southsiders set sail for the second time this season as we head to Victoria for #CapsOnTV at Yates Street Taphouse!

Join the Vancouver Southsiders & the SouthIslanders for their official away viewing party on Saturday October 7! Festivities kick off at 11:30 am, with the match against New York Red Bulls set to kick off at 2:00 pm.

For those of you coming in from Vancouver, the ferry departs Tsawwassen on the hour, so to be at Yates by noon, it would be advisable to join our #CapsOnTour party ferry at 10:00 am sharp! If you plan to stay overnight, please email Aaryn at events@vancouversouthsiders.ca for potential hotel deals.

#BetterSupporters head to Victoria for Thanksgiving long weekend and come out for #CapsOnTV!

Register Now For Our New GA Section!

Registration is now open for the Southsiders Core General Admission Area. This is a voluntary, self-organized and self-managed GA section in the supporters end at BC Place.

WHERE IS IT?:  We hope to register enough people to fill up Section 252, Rows G-V, Seats 101-109 and Section 253, Rows G-V, Seats 1-9 . This is a square shaped area comprised of approximately 180+ seats.

Click these links to see the view from the pitch and the view from the stands.

HOW TO JOIN: Interested members can voluntarily relocate their existing seats at BC Place to the Southsiders GA section (we can assist with coordinating that).

Alternately, members can also purchase new GA season tickets directly from the Southsiders. Tickets in the GA section will not be available through the Whitecaps sales team.

HERE WE GO, HERE WE GO, HERE WE GOOOOOOO!

It’s time for #BetterSupporters to sign up! Click here to access the registration form.

Before you get started:

  • Please look up and double check your Southsiders membership number (if you have one)
  • Please look up and double check your Whitecaps ST account number.
For more information please contact Peter Czimmerman at secretary@vancouversouthsiders.ca

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