Founded in 1954, the CFL’s British Columbia Lions are among the longest-running pro sports franchises in the Pacific Northwest. So let’s be proud of this pride! The Orange, Black and White have produced five Grey Cup titles since their inception, most recently in 2006.
The next one can’t be far around the corner.
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Empire Stadium / BC Place
Grey Cup Wins – 1964, 1985, 1994, 2000, 2006
Empire Field; Vancouver, British Columbia (2011–present)
East Hastings Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia
In the fall 2011 BC Place Stadium will become new (Old) home.
Popular Players Thru The Years
Willie “The Wisp” Fleming
Jim “Dirty Thirty” Young
Byron “By” Bailey
“Swervyn” Mervyn Fernandez
James “Quick” Parker
David Braley – Owner, BC Lions Football Club – Alternate Governor, CFL
Lions owner after taking over the franchise in January 1997.
In May 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed David to the Senate noting his involvement in sport and philanthropy and his commitment to both his community and his country.
BC Lions Thru the Years
The BC Lions are 57 years old…they’re the oldest pro sports team in Vancouver and British Columbia…and they’re still the CFL’s youngest team.
While they may not get the same media play as their hockey brethren, the Canucks, or their NFL counterparts to the south, the Seattle Seahawks, the BC Lions are quite accomplished. They’re the only Western Canadian team to win the Grey Cup at home; they’re the only team to beat an American-based CFL team in the Grey Cup; and they have the league’s longest active playoff streak at 14 seasons.
The Lions have employed some of Canadian football’s all-time greatest players. That list includes the legendary Lui Passaglia. The placekicker held his job for a whopping 25 years (1976-2000), totalling more points than any player in gridiron. And who could forget the quarterback-receiver tandem of Doug and Darren Flutie?
The 2011 season hasn’t started promisingly but the Lions hope to taste Grey Cup glory again soon!
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