August 29th Foot Golf

Hi everyone!

We’re only 2 weeks away from our Foot Golf event!  I need to give the course final numbers a few days beforehand though, so if you’re on the fence about attending, make the decision and buy your spot!  There are couple things have changed since the original post, so I’ll go over it all here again.

This event will be at Coyote Creek Golf (http://eaglequestgolf.com/locations/coyote-creek/), and at Big Ridge Brewing.

The Whitecaps play in Houston at 6:00pm, so we’ll tee-off at 2:30pm (originally 2pm, this time changed) so that the last group is done by 5:00, giving everyone lost of time to make it to Big Ridge to watch the match.  Unfortunately Big Ridge’s shuttle is no longer in service, but we will make sure there’s enough vehicles to provide everyone transportation.  We can also make arrangements for transport to/from Skytrain if necessary.

As the name implies, this is Foot Golf rather than normal golf.  Also know as Soccer Golf.  Kick a soccer ball at a giant hole in the green!

Cost is only $15 per person (Originally $35).  Add another $10 if you want a power cart.

Things to note about foot golf:
– You’ll need to bring your own soccer ball.
– No soccer cleats permitted; just running shoes. Golf cleats “might” be Ok, but I’d have to confirm.
– We’ll “golf” in groups of 6.

Here’s the link to buy your spot: http://vancouversouthsiders.bigcartel.com/product/foot-golf-event-august-29th

Once we’ve all finished golfing, we’ll adjourn to Big Ridge to watch the game.

Big Ridge has been generous to obtain a couple casks for us (one of their own, and one from Black Kettle), and they’ll be tapping them at 5:30pm.  Big Ridge is also going to be hosting this as a fund raiser for our charitable causes committee, so hopefully we get a good turnout to raise some money!

We’ll likely have a raffle/auction, a 50-50, and of course various prizes for the best score/worst score/best dressed golfer of the day.

Feel free to reach out to me by email (events@vancouversouthsiders.ca) or on Twitter (@rmrgcb) if you have any questions at all.  Finally, here’s a link to the forum discussion on this event. (http://vancouversouthsiders.ca/forum/discussion/4883/august-29th-foot-golf-event)

Hope to see you all there!

Cascadia Away – Seattle – Saturday, August 1st

Cascadia Away

Hello, Southsiders!
This Saturday is the big one – Seattle Away!  Hundreds of ‘Caps Supporters will be trekking down the I-5 for a crucial Cascadia match, and we want to share some information to make things go smoothly

Pre-Match

We have secured a venue exclusively for the use of Vancouver Whitecaps supporters for a pre-match location.  The ShowBox SODO Lounge (1700 1st Avenue South – roughly a 15 minute walk to the NE Gate of the CLink) will open its doors to Supporters at 2pm and feature a full kitchen and bar staff for pre-match festivities.  There is no cover at the location, though it is 21+ only.  We’ll have TVs on showing other MLS games during the day.

Stadium Entry

All supporters will be entering the Stadium via the NorthEast gate at 5:15pm.  Due to the hot weather conditions, sealed water bottles will be allowed into the stadium.  Anyone bringing large flags or banners that they wish to hang should contact Kyle (travel@vancouversouthsiders.ca) for special entry instructions.

Ticket Distribution

Tickets have all been distributed via an e-mail from travel@vancouversouthsiders.ca .  If you need a ticket, you have until Thursday night to buy them via the following link! https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/seattlemls/EN/link/promotion/home/d700c9385c4f6e641a60ea2add82ed24cddcba07

Use the promo code CAPS2015 (Note: You can also buy your Seattle Away CCL edition tickets here as well)

Seating

We will be in our usual spot at CenturyLink Field – Sections 300-301.  These seating areas will be General Admission — that means that the seat info printed on your ticket is NOT the seat that you will be sitting (standing) in.  The section on your tickets, however, will be correct.  For the best seats, please show up to the stadium at least 90-105 minutes before kick-off and claim the best seats available.

If you see areas of the stands that are taped or blocked off, DO NOT MOVE OR INTERFERE WITH THESE AREAS.  We have those spaces reserved for the drums, capos and other trip volunteers.

You should expect to have flags in your way at one point or another during the match.  While we don’t anticipate it happening often, you should expect to have a flag in your way during the course of play as well.  Should there be any threats or inappropriate behaviours resulting from this, you can expect a chat from security, and the possibility of ejection from the section.  We are all there to support the boys in blue and white, not fight each other.

After the Match

As with all Cascadia matches, traveling fans will be held in their section after the final whistle until the stadium empties.  We’re expecting 55,000+ fans at the CLink, so the hold time could be up to 30 minutes.  PLEASE STAY IN YOUR SEATS, JOIN THE CHANTS, AND DO NOT TRY TO PUSH UP AGAINST SECURITY.  This goes with our general Away Travel Policy – Don’t Be A Dick

Away Travel Policies

Please read through the general Away Travel Policies and the Southsiders Code of Conduct.

Anyone who travels with us is subject to these policies — no expections.  This means that you and your friends and/or family members that are making the trip with you are held to the same standard.  And ultimately, you are responsible for them.  If anyone in the group fails to abide by these rules, travel privileges will be revoked, and funds allocated to future away trips forfeited.  Basically, don’t be a dick, and you’ll be fine.

 

Save travels to everyone heading down the I-5, and I’ll see you in Washington State!

— Kyle Braun

Director of Away Travel

 

Cascadia Away — Portland, July 18th & Seattle, August 1st

With our two most popular #CapsOnTour trips rapidly approaching, and with our Cascadia Cup fate very much in the balance, we are looking forward to two successful road trip to Portland and Seattle in the coming weeks.  As these are our two most popular trips, we want to go over a few key points

 

Away Travel Policies

Please read through the general Away Travel Policies and the Southsiders Code of Conduct.

Anyone who travels with us is subject to these policies — no expections.  This means that you and your friends and/or family members that are making the trip with you are held to the same standard.  And ultimately, you are responsible for them.  If anyone in the group fails to abide by these rules, travel privileges will be revoked, and funds allocated to future away trips forfeited.  Basically, don’t be a dick, and you’ll be fine.

Ticket Distribution

Tickets for both Portland and Seattle matches will be distributed via e-mail in the days before the match.  It is imperative that your e-mail address in your Southsiders profile is accurate, as this is the e-mail address we will use for distribution.

We strongly encourage you to print off your tickets and bring the hard copy to the match.  There is a chance the bar code can be read off your phone, but if it doesn’t work, it’s very tough to find a place to print your ticket at that time.

Seating

We will be in our usual spots for both stadiums (Providence Park – Sections 222 & 223, CenturyLink Field – Sections 300-301).  These seating areas will be General Admission — that means that the seat info printed on your ticket is NOT the seat that you will be sitting (standing) in.  The section on your tickets, however, will be correct.  For the best seats, please show up to the stadium at least 90 minutes before kick-off and claim the best seats available.

If you see areas of the stands that are taped or blocked off, DO NOT MOVE OR INTERFERE WITH THESE AREAS.  We have those spaces reserved for the drums, capos and other trip volunteers.

Furthermore, if you are a Southsider that made your own ticketing arrangements (i.e. you purchased through StubHub or the Timbers directly), and are not standing with us, DO NOT COME TO 222-223.  There is a finite amount of space in Portland, and we simply DO NOT have room for you to come and join us.  There will be Providence Park staff looking at tickets and sending you elsewhere.

You should expect to have flags in your way at one point or another during the match.  While we don’t anticipate it happening often, you should expect to have a flag in your way during the course of play as well.  Should there be any threats or inappropriate behaviours resulting from this, you can expect a chat from security, and the possibility of ejection from the section.  We are all there to support the boys in blue and white, not fight each other.

Portland

For our match in Portland, we will be entering via Gate 5 of Providence Park, located in the Southeast Corner of the Stadium (On SW 20th st at Salmon St.) — Doors will open 90 minutes prior to kick-off.  It is recommended that you arrive at least one hour prior to kickoff. Please be aware that there may be a holding period after the match for supporters as per MLS and home stadium rules and discretion.

Seattle

Though we do not yet have all the details for the Seattle match, we expect the entry process to be similar to previous years.  The NorthEast gate at CenturyLink will open 90 minutes prior to kick-off.  Anyone with flags or banners should be there 90 minutes prior to kick-off.  It is recommended that you arrive at least one hour prior to kickoff. Please be aware that there may be a holding period after the match for supporters as per MLS and home stadium rules and discretion.

 

If anyone has any questions at all, please e-mail Kyle Braun at travel@vancouversouthsiders.ca and we can get everything squared away.
Looking forward to seeing everyone down in America, and to completing the Three-Peat of the Cascadia Cup!

Message from the President: Our All. Our Honour

Update:

The Whitecaps have issued the following statement in response to supporters groups’ planned protests: http://www.whitecapsfc.com/whitecaps-fc-statement-regarding-kings-cascadia-scarf

 

Original statement below:

 “OUR ALL. OUR HONOUR.”

 

As many of you are aware the Whitecaps have created a scarf using the trademarked likeness of the Cascadia Cup. There are many questions and concerns about this from our membership and we have been unable to address many of them immediately. We needed the facts, and needed to attempt dialog with the front office before we felt comfortable sharing any information.

 

Let me be clear: the Whitecaps have a legal license to produce and sell this item. They went through the proper channels to secure this license. The Cascadia Cup Council agreed to a clause in our agreement with MLS that if we did not deny a licensing request in a timely matter it would default to granting said license. Through a failure in our email system we did not manage to stop this license from being granted. According to the letter of the law the Whitecaps are entitled to make and sell 300 scarves of that design at retail using the marks of the Cascadia Cup Council.

 

The spirit of the licensing agreement is another matter. We fought for our trademarks to prevent 2 things: corporate branding of our cup, and corporate profiteering from our creations. My understanding was that we agreed to the licensing clause to allow teams to create internal promotional items to celebrate Cascadia Cup victories. This item clearly goes against all of those principles. Had our technology not failed the license would certainly have been denied.

 

We approached the club and expressed our disappointment, our viewpoint on the spirit of the law, filled in the gaps of how the license was granted and offered 2 possible solutions to move forward in an honourable and amicable fashion:
  1. Reconsider selling this item and repurpose it as a promotional give away, or failing that;
  2. Donate the proceeds from this item to one of several charities, and immediately begin promoting the sale of this scarf as a charitable fundraiser.

 

The club has decided against either resolution, believing their actions to be reasonable, lawful, and in the spirit of their empty slogan “Our All. our Honour.” It is clearly an opinion I do not agree with, nor do the rest of my co-directors, the leadership of our other fellow Whitecaps supporters groups, or our counterparts in Portland and Seattle.

 

All of this hubbub could have been avoided with a simple courtesy phone call or email at any number of junctures early in the process. We had a sit down meeting in their offices while the approval process was underway. Doing that would require a basic level of respect and understanding which the club are yet to demonstrate in my 4 seasons as a board member.

 

We have had disputes like this with the club at regular intervals and they result in the same thing each time: mutual promises to do better moving forward, and another failure to do so, usually by the office failing to effectively communicate with us. The last major one occurred a little more than a year ago and at that time I resolved to speak with my wallet. Since Febuary of 2014 I have spent exactly $25 on Whitecaps merchandise and BC Place concessions; I bought a handful of socks and a coffee mug on massive discount at their warehouse sale.

 

I can no longer move forward in good conscience and with personal dignity maintaining the status quo. The only things I have left that the club cares about are my seat, and the hundreds of hours a year I donate to help create the best sporting atmosphere in the city. As an independent supporter I believe in doing my best to better the club and its culture. Part of that is making sure the club is living up to it’s lofty goals and core values. I don’t currently believe that the club is doing so. Regrettably, this leaves me in a position where I feel the need to step forward publicly and ask you to join me in scaling back your support of the club, financial and otherwise. At the minimum #DontBuyThatScarf. If you can avoid spending any money in BC Place today, so much the better.

 

Further, today marks the first gameday in several seasons that I will not be organizing or helping to create the atmosphere in BC Place. It is a painful decision, particularly since we are facing Cascadian rivals, but I don’t feel comfortable doing my best for a company that does not treat me with a basic level of courtesy and understanding. I would invite you to leave your personal Tifo at home, and to follow your capos today, even more than other days.

 

For the first 15 minutes of the game I will be trying something entirely new, sitting in my seat and quietly watching the match. I encourage you to do the same.
I don’t know if we can change the culture of our office together, but I feel like we can try. Until then I invite them to use a truer slogan:

 

“ALL OURS. NO HONOUR.”

 

Brett Bird
President and Director of Stadium Operations

Portland Away – May 2nd, 2015

Cascadia Away, May 2nd, 2015

Tickets for the Cascadia Cup away game in Portland on May 2nd, 2015 are now on sale.

Please not the following:

  • Tickets are $55 CAD for this match – the poor USD-CAD exchange rate is forcing us to sell the tickets at this price, even though the face value of the tickets is lower than previous years due to supporters group lobbying efforts.
  • The entire section will be general admission (ALL Whitecaps supporters groups as well as tickets bought from the Whitecaps by season ticket holders are GA. No assigned seating.)
  • Vancouver Southsiders members in good standing are now allowed to purchase up to 8 tickets.
  • Please remember to log into the members application before navigating to the #capsOnTour store – this sale is members only.
  • Tickets will be provided as a PDF via email before the match. Please provide an alternate email in the notes if you do not wish them to be sent to your membership email address.
  • Details for security arrangements & timing of entry will be sent out at a later date and updated in this post.

 

Bus Trip Details

If there is sufficient demand, we will charter a bus down to Portland. Deposits for bus seats are available to gauge demand.

  • Bus seats will cost $65 CAD.
  • The bus will be confirmed once we have a minimum of 48 travelers. If the minimum is not met by April 22nd, 2015, deposits will be refunded.
  • Match tickets are NOT included with a bus seat.
  • Bus will depart May 2nd from Burrard Skytrain Station at 7am & will make a stop at the Campbell River Store
  • Bus is scheduled to leave Portland at 2pm on May 3rd.

 

Questions?

Our Director of Away Travel, Kyle Braun, can be reached via email at: travel@vancouversouthsiders.ca

 

Message from the President: Call for volunteers

Greetings Southside Faithful!

First kick has come and gone and we are truly in the thick of it again. If our boys in blue and white are able to consistently deliver the way they did in that first half we are in for one hell of a ride this year. It’s brutal to give up anything to the Bloody Big Mess but that’s the way it goes sometimes and we’ll probably see them again in the Voyageurs Cup to exact some revenge.

REVENGE! That’s what’s on my mind right now. Portland is next up in BC Place and we have a pair of brutal losses to take back on the way to Cascadian victory and an unprecedented Cascadia Cup threepeat. March 28th kicks off the quest and we have a few short weeks to get tuned up and ready to rock the Southside. The capos are working hard to refine our new setup and we have a few things in store to move that along. It is much more difficult to spread songs and timing through 4000 people when individuals are doing their own thing or starting separate songs to impress their pals. Please, do what you can to follow the capos and help spread the songs by occasionally singing to the sides and back of your section. Together we have a powerful voice. Separately we do not.

We have some cool incentives this year for our dedicated volunteers, from unique swag to fun events. We are trying to make helping out with Southsiders events and activities rewarding (beyond the satisfaction of a job well done). There are tons of opportunities to better our group and our community through volunteering. We are looking for people in many areas: capos; web designers; Tifo deployment; work party organizers and more.

We need help. If you have a bit of time to give in order to better the Southsiders please reach out to: ops@vancouversouthsiders.ca

The following committees are forming:
  • Tifo (design, creation, deployment, stadium operations)
  • Capos (in stands and on field, drummers)
  • Community Works (events, fundraising, work parties)
  • Nerd Corps (web design, forum moderation, graphic design)
  • Merchandise (design, setup, distribution)
  • Memberships (recruitment, signups, distribution)

Some of these take very specialized skills while others just require time and a friendly disposition. All of them lead to a greater understanding of how we function as well as what we are trying to achieve as a group. We can only truly be united in our goal of pushing our Whitecaps on to greater glory if we work together.

In the next few weeks we have a couple road games to go before we return to our home grounds. Doolin’s has some pretty great rewards going on this year (check the passport you received with your membership pack), but if you can’t join us there for games try to get together with more like minded individuals in your area. Sing some songs, and try some new ones to see what sticks. Let us know what works, and let Rob know where you are gathering at events@vancouversouthsiders.ca. Who knows, maybe we can find some friendly establishments in other parts of the lower mainland and province to host our members on game days.

Next time I hope to be writing to you riding high from victory and a seat at the top of the conference!

Thanks,
Brett Bird
President and Director of Stadium Operations

Southsiders Announce 2015 Home Pub!

The Vancouver Southsiders are pleased to announce Doolin’s Irish Pub as the Official 2015 Home of the Vancouver Southsiders.

Doolin's Irish Pub

Doolin’s Irish Pub

Doolin’s has been the home of the Southsiders since the Whitecaps moved downtown during the MLS Inaugural 2011 Season. Doolin’s has provided the Southsiders with a place to gather before and after all home matches in addition to away viewing parties for the Whitecaps, Canadian National Soccer teams, MLS Cup Finals, and much more. They have also played host to Southsiders’ season kickoff parties, charitable works fundraisers, Annual General Meetings, and other events large and small. Doolin’s is also the starting point for the Southsiders March to the Match before each home game.

Once again, Roxy Burger is back as an all-ages alternative for Southsiders with children and others who prefer a different pre-game ritual. Southsiders of all ages will also be welcome in the Belmont (formerly the Cellar) for pregame of select matches. Look for more details in the coming weeks.

Doolin’s was selected after a rigorous process led by Southsiders Director of Events and Partnerships, Rob Wheeler. We would like to thank all the pubs and restaurants who submitted proposals and were eager to welcome the Southsiders to their establishments. After much careful consideration, Doolin’s was the best fit for the current size and direction of the Southsiders.

Doolin’s is part of the Granville Entertainment Group,which includes: The Belmont Bar, The Roxy, Comfort Inn, SNOWBUS, and Legacy Liquor Store. Active Southsiders members will receive benefits from all of these affiliates.

To view current Southsiders membership benefits or to become a member for the 2015 season, please visit http://vancouversouthsiders.ca/membership/

We look forward to seeing you at Doolin’s during this season and joining us in support of the Whitecaps.

Questions? Please contact Daniel Olson media@vancouversouthsiders.ca or Rob Wheeler events@vancouversouthsiders.ca

Cascadia Supporters Groups and Major League Soccer Reach Agreement on Cascadia Cup Trademark

cascadia_logoFor Immediate Release
October 7, 2014

Cascadia Supporters Groups and Major League Soccer Reach Agreement on Cascadia Cup Trademark

Portland, OR., Vancouver, B.C., Seattle, WA. —  Ahead of Friday’s Cascadia Cup match between the Sounders and the Whitecaps, the Emerald City Supporters, Timbers Army, and Vancouver Southsiders are pleased to announce we have reached an agreement with Major League Soccer in regards to the Cascadia Cup Trademark and its use around all MLS matches concerning the three Cascadian teams. The agreement was reach after a productive negotiation between the league and the Cascadia Cup Council (CCC) representatives, and the three supporter groups are pleased with the end result of the agreement.

The Cascadia Cup Council is encouraged by the fact that Major League Soccer recognizes the importance of the supporter-owned Cascadia Cup for the growth of soccer in the Cascadia Region. This agreement ensures that the Cascadia Cup will remain a supporter-owned cup.

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About the Cascadia Cup Council:  The Cascadia Cup Council is a recognized non-profit entrusted with the management of the Cascadia Cup.  The Council is made up of one representative from each of the three founding Cascadia Cup supporters groups.  For the 2014 season those individuals were Jeremy Wright – Timbers Army, Greg Mockos – Emerald City Supporters, Brett Bird – Vancouver Southsiders.

 

Southsiders 3 on 3 Outdoor Soccer Tournament

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On Saturday, August 30th, from noon-7pm, the Vancouver Southsiders are having an “Anniversary/End of Summer Celebration!” Hosted by Doolin’s, we’ll be taking over the parking lot behind the bar, complete with a beer garden, food stations and more.

As part of the celebration we’re holding a 3-on-3 soccer tournament. The cost to enter is $20/team. The entry fee will be donated to Athletics for Kids. All of the money raised will help kids in the city get the chance to play organized soccer in our communities.

Here are the details:
– Teams of 3 (plus an alternate if you choose)
– All teams guaranteed 3 matches
– Matches played on blacktop — aka don’t wear cleats
– Max. 12 teams
– Cost per team: $20
– Registration/Check-in/Warm up begins at noon
– Round Robin begins at 1pm
– Finals will be concluded by 5:30pm
– Rain or shine, so come prepared!

There will also be PRIZES for best dressed, best team name, best goal, and for the winners.

Please register your team using the form below. To pay your entry fee, you will receive an email to the address indicated below with a PayPal invoice. All payments are due by Friday, August 29 in order to be eligible to play.

If you have any questions, or need to make changes to your team roster after submitting, please email events@vancouversouthsiders.ca.

REGISTER HERE

(Please note that failure to pay your invoice will result in your spot in the tournament being forfeited).

Seattle Away – Friday, October 10

We are pleased to announce that tickets for the October 10 match are now on sale for $21 on our membership site.  We will be up in the 300 level of Century Link once again for this match.

Due to the timing of kick-off, there will not be a bus heading down for this match.  We recommend taking Amtrak, the Bolt Bus or carpooling with your fellow Southsiders.

Distribution of tickets will once again take place at the gate prior to kick-off.  It will likely take place 2 hrs prior to kick-off, and end 90 minutes prior, although this is subject to change.  We will email out information about the match one to two weeks in advance of the match.

Please remember that you are subject to the general away travel policies and the Southsiders Code of Conduct when on the road.

Keep an eye on social media and the forum for more details about the match.

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