The 2017 MLS Season Is Ready To Roll!

The day we’ve all been waiting for is FINALLY here! First kick for the 2017 season is Sunday March 5th as your Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Philadelphia Union at BC Place!

The Whitecaps hope to keep the momentum going after Thursday evening’s HUGE CCL win against the New York Red Bulls.

The Southsiders will officially kick off the season at Doolin’s Irish Pub starting at 2pm. All-ages at The Belmont opens at 3pm. Roxy Burger will be open starting at 11:30am.

Food specials for Sunday at Doolin’s include:

– Grilled Maui Ribs with fries & coleslaw for $13
– Wonton Prawns with sweet chilli sauce for $11
– Giant baked potato topped with bacon, corn salsa, broccoli, Queso sauce, sour cream & scallions for $9

Drink specials at Doolin’s include:
– Red Nitro $6.75 / 20oz Pint
– Stanley Park $6.25 Doolin’s | $6 Belmont
– Goose Island IPA $6.75 Doolin’s | $6.50 Belmont
– Honkers Ale $6.75 Doolin’s
– Turning Point Cider $6.75
– Bottles of Stanley Park Noble Pilsner $5 | Bucket of 4 for $19

PRIZE ALERT!!!

On Sunday we will be running a couple promos through Doolin’s:
– 50/50: Spend big, win big! Proceeds from the 50/50 will be donated to our#Talk4Erin campaign
– Member prize: All Southsiders members will receive a ballot with purchase to enter into the draw for a VIP away viewing party in the Doolin’s’s VIP room upstairs. Prize includes 2 drinks per person and complementary applies!
– Beer Chugging Contest! (Yes, you read that correctly!) Entry is free for participants and the winner will receive a $20 Doolin’s gift card. This promo will run twice throughout the day so don’t miss out!

Membership will be open at Doolin’s from 2pm through 5pm. If you have any questions regarding membership, contact Aaryn at membership@vancouversouthsiders.ca.

The merch table will also be open. Times TBA. If you have any specific questions about merch, contact Darcie at merchandise@vancouversouthsiders.ca.

Let’s fill Doolin’s, The Belmont and Roxy Burger to capacity on Sunday!

Let’s get LOUD, cheer our boys in Blue and White (and TRIANGLES!) on to victory and bring home 3 points!
The March To The Match leaves Doolin’s at 5:15 SHARP! We’ll be there! Will you?!

TUNE IN: “Match Days With @Miss604”

We are pleased to announce that Western Canada’s most prolific blogger will be taking over our social media channels during select home games this season.

Rebecca Bollwitt, who is known to pretty much everyone in British Columbia with a mobile device as @Miss604, will be handed the match day keys to our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts from time to time to bring you Whitecaps games and Southsiders atmosphere from her point of view. She has been an active member in the Southsiders community for a number of years now, and we are absolutely thrilled to have her on board in this capacity.

You can read about Rebecca’s incredible career by clicking here.

She recently received top honours for her blog and Twitter from the WestEnder’s 2017 “Best Of The City” awards. If you think the Whitecaps have a respectable trophy case, you should check out Rebecca’s many, many, many accolades for her work across several different social media platforms.

Our first session of Match Days With @Miss604 goes down tonight for our Champions League match against the New York Red Bulls. We hope you enjoy this little experiment of ours, and your feedback is always appreciated: media@vancouversouthsiders.ca

Home Sweet Home!

Calling all Southsiders! This is our first opportunity to get out and support our Vancouver Whitecaps at home in 2017! We need to get LOUD and come out in numbers to BC Place for the home leg of CCL action against the New York Red Bulls.

Membership table opens at Doolin’s Irish Pub at 5:30pm and will be open until 6:15pm. The march will depart Doolin’s at 6:15pm SHARP!

Keep your eye on our Facebook page during the next few days for updates on all of the amazing match day specials available for Southsiders.

This year, we’ve added craft beer and cider specials, a new food menu for event days and so MUCH MORE so make sure you head down to Doolin’s early and check out all the new perks available for the 2017 season!

 

We’ll be there! Will you?!

We also want to encourage all of our members to be #bettersupporters this season. You have all done a fantastic job so far, but there is still much more opportunity to be better, louder and greater than ever before.

What do #bettersupporters do?

  • #bettersupporters strengthen the Southsiders community by socializing at our match day partner venues.
  • #bettersupporters make an effort to meet and welcome new friends wearing our scarves.
  • #bettersupporters are in their seats well before kickoff to show the team we’re ready to support them from start to finish.

 

Now who’s with us? #WBWW

 

VWFC Champions League Viewing Party!

Attention Southsiders!

CONCACAF Champions League matches kick off this week with your Vancouver Whitecaps heading to New York to face the Red Bulls tomorrow on Wednesday February 22nd. The official Southsiders away viewing party will be at Doolin’s Irish Pub.

• Kickoff is at 5:00pm – The Back Bar at Doolin’s is reserved for the Southsiders.

• Membership table will open at the Back Bar at half time. Membership package pick up and new sign-ups will be available until 8pm.

• Don’t forget you can sign up for membership online BEFORE you come to the viewing party (and we strongly encourage you to do so!). Please click here to get things rolling!

 

• All of our membership perks will be available for this event, including:

– 25% discount on food, featuring our NEW & IMPROVED sports event menu!
– NEW! Featured food special – Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf $14
– NEW! Local Craft Beer Rotator – $6.75 for a 20oz Pint of Stanley Park Red Eye Nitro
– NEW! Local Craft Cider Rotator – $6.75 for a 20oz Pint of Turning Point
– NEW! Bottles of Stanley Park Pilsner – $5 | Bucket of 4 – $19
– Goose Island IPA – $6.75 for a 20oz Pint
– Honker’s Ale – $6.75 for a 20oz Pint
– Budweiser – $6.25 for a 20oz Pint

• This will be your first opportunity this year to win the SOUTHSIDERS BURN YOUR BILL promo! This means that one very lucky Southsider will have Doolin’s picking up their tab (up to $75!) on Wednesday night!

Stay tuned for future news for specifics on our Craft Beer & Cider rotators!

Viewing appears to be unavailable at Roxy Burger for this match, but game day specials will still be in effect, including a 25% discount on food, $4 Southsiders Pints and our NEW cider promo, $5 Pints of Lonetree!

Come on out & cheer on your Whitecaps!

If you have any questions, please email Aaryn at events@vancouversouthsiders.ca.

2017 Launch Party at The Belmont Bar

The Vancouver Southsiders welcome you to our 2017 launch party at The Belmont Bar on Saturday February 18. The fun gets underway at 3 pm. This is an all ages event – minors are welcome up until 6 pm.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to meet some new friends and reconnect with your BC Place seatmates. This season is all about the Southsiders family. We’re in this together!

The Belmont Bar will be tapping a cask for us, and every guest over the age of 19 will receive a complimentary 16oz sleeve of beer upon arrival.

The Belmont Bar is also going to provide us with a complimentary preview of all their brand new menu items for 2017. Samples will be served from 3 – 5 pm on the house, and full servings will be available for purchase too.

At least one very special guest is confirmed to be joining us for the festivities, and we are working on a few other surprises as well. We have some great prizes in store, and you’ll be able to pick up your membership scarves too. Haven’t signed up yet? You can do that online now and pay in person at the party.

Click here to sign up or renew!

REMINDER: We will be collecting your cash donations for our #Talk4Erin fundraising campaign for @CrisisCentreBC. This is an organization that is doing tremendous work in our community, and we are proud to support their efforts. Every little bit helps, so let’s round up those loonies and two-nies for a very worthwhile cause!

Questions? Please contact Aaryn Vivian at events@vancouversouthsiders.ca

Statement from the Independent Supporters Council

Southsiders,

Today the Independent Supporters Council (ISC) released a statement in support of our recent decision not to proceed with #CapsOnTour for the foreseeable future.

The ISC is urging other supporters groups in North America to exercise caution when travelling, and to show solidarity with members who cannot join them.

A copy of the statement has been reproduced below.

The original release is posted to the ISC website and can be found by clicking here.

Just a few weeks ago, Southsiders President Peter Czimmermann and Ombudsman Andrew Van Eden attended the ISC’s annual conference, which was held in Atlanta this year.

We are proud to belong to this organization, which promotes supporters culture and advocates for fair treatment of supporters, both at home and on the road. The ISC also serves as a resource for member groups to share information about supporters issues. There are more than 30 member groups from across the US and Canada who support teams at all levels of professional soccer in North America.

 

“The Independent Supporters Council (ISC) stands with the actions of the Vancouver Southsiders soccer supporters group to limit their organized supporter travel and calls on all ISC affiliated groups to exercise a similar abundance of caution in protecting their members.

On January 27th 2017, the United States government announced the executive order titled “PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES”, which amounts to an immediate travel ban that affects soccer supporters throughout North America. We believe that in these uncertain times it is absolutely critical that the leadership of North American soccer supporter organizations do all that they can to protect their members and stand in solidarity with supporters that may be affected.

Soccer was introduced to North America by immigrants, and our players and supporters come from every corner of the world. It is a global, inclusive game, and the ISC’s charter is clear in our opposition to racism and bias in all forms. A selective travel ban introduces bias into the game that we love.

As a collective of organizations dedicated to the support and growth of soccer in North America, the ISC also respects those that still choose to travel to international away matches. We recommend that those who plan to travel for away matches take all necessary and legal precautions to protect themselves and others while travelling to and from the US.

While we are encouraged by the February 4th ruling from US District Court Judge James Robart suspending the executive order; we ask all supporters to remain cautious until the order has been fully rescinded. We recommend that supporters’ groups refrain from ORGANIZED international travel and allow individuals to make decisions on their own.”

 

About:

The Independent Supporters Council was founded in 2009 to advocate for the fair treatment of home and away supporters, promote supporters culture, and oppose both racism and bias inside stadiums in North America.

Visit: http://independentsupporterscouncil.com

#CapsOnTour Making News EVERYWHERE

Our decision to stand in solidarity with members who are directly or indirectly affected by US travel restrictions and increasingly difficult examination procedures has resulted in unprecedented media coverage about our supporters group and what we stand for.

We have compiled some media links below for you to check out the many articles and broadcast items that featured Southsiders member Anna Namshirin, President Peter Czimmermann and Vice President John Knox.

We ask our members to never lose sight of the fact that being a Southsider means much more than cheering for the Whitecaps on a Saturday afternoon. We were founded on the principles of equality and inclusion, and every voice that sings with us at home deserves to be heard with us on the road as well.

We would also like to express our sincere thanks to Anna for sharing her family’s story. You make us better, and you make Canada better. We are proud to call you one of our own.

 

We’re blue. We’re white. #WBWW

 

Television:

 

Print & Online:

 

Radio & Podcasts:

 

If we have missed anything, please let us know at media@vancouversouthsiders.ca 

 

 

 

Board statement on #CapsOnTour

Dear Southsiders,

You should know these words well: “Boundary Road, take me home, to the place where I belong.”

Our supporter’s 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.

As you may be aware, recent developments in the United States present some very serious and distressing implications for some of our members, both directly and indirectly.

Last night, the Executive Board and Ombudsman met in person to discuss our role in facilitating the away travel experiences which have come to be known as #CapsOnTour. We gave careful consideration to our Charter, our Code of Conduct, and an unprecedented amount of input from the membership.

We are in unanimous agreement with the following:

BUS TRIPS: The Executive Board shall not coordinate any bus trips to the US until such time that the current conditions at border crossings have changed. We cannot in good conscience be responsible for arranging or hosting events or experiences which potentially come at the exclusion of some of our members, no matter how few in number those affected might be.

AWAY TICKETS: The Executive Board recognizes it has an obligation to continue facilitating access to match tickets for away games. It is important that we protect the ticket allocation we fought very hard to gain control of. We are also mindful that many members booked flights and hotels prior to these recent developments. As such, away tickets will become available once kickoff times have been finalized, and we will provide you with the information necessary to obtain them.

DECIDE FOR YOURSELF: We are not asking our members to participate in protests or boycotts. We are not telling our members to stay home. You can make those decisions for yourself.

RESPECT: We have just one request – if you travel to a Whitecaps game in the US in the foreseeable future, we ask that you leave your Southsiders scarf at home as a sign of respect for members who cannot cross the border with the same ease and personal freedom as you do.

The Executive Board and Ombudsman shall continue monitoring the border situation and we will advise you if our position changes in the future. These are tumultuous and unpredictable times to say the least, which makes planning for the future extremely challenging. We will continuously assess our options and revisit these decisions when appropriate. Our ultimate goal is for all of us to move forward together in harmony and respect.

After all: “White is the colour. Soccer is the game. We’re all together.”

Sincerely,

Dylan Callow, Treasurer
Peter Czimmermann, President and Secretary
Darcie Kerr, Director of Operations and Merchandise
John Knox, Vice President and Director of Communications
Andrew Van Eden, Ombudsman
Aaryn Vivian, Director of Membership and Partnerships

2017 Memberships Are Now Available!

New year, new season. Time to hit the reset button and recapture some of the magic that has been missing on and off the pitch the past few years.

We will be putting in a lot of extra work this year to let people know who we are, what we offer, and what we’re doing to make the match day experience awesome. We want members who have drifted away over the years to come back home. We also want to bring new members into the fold with new songs and chants. We want the city buzzing when it’s close to march time. We want to make Cascadia away trips the hottest ticket in Vancouver.

Most of all, we want everyone to know that there is no better place in town to enjoy a football match than standing with the Southsiders.

No more passengers. No more tourists. The bystanders have had a good long run at our expense, and it’s time for the Southsiders to step their game up and take the supporters end back, one seat at a time.

Click here to log in to your account and follow the renewal instructions.

The 2017 Vancouver Southsiders membership includes a gorgeous new scarf, a membership card valid for discounts from our partners, priority access for our various social events, and access to our away ticket allocation. The membership fee remains at $30. Additional fees may apply for online transactions, and if shipping is requested to a mailing address. Your items can otherwise be claimed in person at most of our social events and match day gatherings.

You have the option of paying your membership fee online now, or paying in person later. We will have a membership table set up at The Belmont Bar for our February 18 launch party, and there will be other opportunities throughout the season.

Either way, it would be incredibly helpful if you completed the online portion for us ASAP. This helps us keep things running smoothly, and it helps us plan for the future. Thanks!

If you have any questions, please contact Aaryn Vivian at membership@vancouversouthsiders.ca

 

 

Save The Date!

The Southsiders 2017 Launch Party goes down at The Belmont Bar (1006 Granville St, underneath Doolin’s) on Saturday February 18 at 3 pm. Event details will be announced shortly, but there will most definitely be beer, great prizes and *possibly* some very special guests. It’s going to be a fantastic event. You need to be there!

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