It’s fun inside the Place
From March to October, residents of downtown Vancouver can hear the songs of the Southsiders from far outside the confines of BC Place.
This, combined with the outstanding atmosphere created by all Whitecaps fans, young and old, is the reason the ‘Caps have one of the best home records, and why BC Place is the place to be during ‘Caps games!
Game day for the most hardcore of fans, the Southsiders, starts hours before kickoff as they march down from their pre match gathering at Doolin’s Irish Pub.
If you’re just a visiting fan and wander in, they will be more than welcoming, offering you a sheet of paper with all the song lyrics on it, and maybe even a Southsider scarf if you’re lucky!
For families making a day of it, the Whitecaps have lots of pregame activities going on outside of BC Place, at Terry Fox Plaza.
Bell Mobility joins in on the fun, setting up the ‘Bell Predict a Goal’ booth, complete with Fifa 12 on a television, as well as a chance to win a ‘Caps jersey, scarf or season tickets by correctly predicting the first Vancouver goal scorer, and at what minute.
Towards the end of the pregame excitement, Whitecaps players, from the Men’s, Reserves and Woman sides come out for an autograph session.
As game time rolls around, the players follow out flag bearers, teams of four each holding a large ‘Whitecaps FC’ banner for each corner of the stadium, as well as a field-long Whitecaps flag stretched across the field.
The players walk across the field for the pregame pictures and all the formality’s and finally its kickoff!
Southsiders dive right into a chant of “We.. We Believe.. We Believe That.. We Believe That We.. We Believe That We Will.. We Believe That We Will Win!” and work others in there, including “I’m blind, I’m deaf, I’m born to be a ref” and then the other sides of the stadium gets involved, trading chorus’ of ‘White!’ ‘Caps’!
Take Notice, MLS
Players and Coaches have started to notice the effect that the fans have on the game in BC Place, San Jose coach Frank Yallop had this to say about coming to Vancouver after his club lost the second of two games in Vancouver this year 2-1 “It’s a difficult surface, indoor, a different feel, it’s not easy playing there”.
‘Caps goalie Joe Cannon could feel the energy in the building on Sunday’s victory, raising his arms in the air, pumping up the fans before booting the final kick of the match (which was followed by a loud ‘Boom!’ from the crowd, as always).
Captain and all-star Jay DeMerit tweeted this out after the big victory against the MLS leading ‘Quakes:
— Jay DeMerit (@D6MERIT) July 23, 2012
So Whitecap fans, the MLS have taken notice, so now it’s our turn.
Keep up the noise and the energy, and the boys will keep playing well into November.