OUR CONTEST IS NOW OVER: Thanks to all who entered on Facebook, through the blog and on Twitter. Our winner is Jenna Liesch!
Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel and BCLionsDen.ca want to send you and a guest to the BC Lions home opener on June 29th. Not only that, we want you to make a night of it and set you up with a hotel room on game night. You’ll also walk away with a bag of Lions swag and get to watch the team raise their 2011 Grey Cup Championship banner and see Geroy Simon attempt to make CFL history! Not a bad way to kick-off the 2012 season!
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A winner will be randomly chosen from the total number of entries and announced the morning of Tuesday, June 26th.
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Following a great night of football at BC Place where the BC Lions took a share of first place in the CFL west, some fans are complaining that the game was blacked out on standard definition cable.
You have a brand new stadium and a team playing in it’s biggest game in a long time and you can’t get off your butt and head to the stadium? The team hasn’t had a blackout in over a year and a half, and it hasn’t exactly resulted in sold out games. It seems there is always an excuse for “fans” not to buy a ticket. It’s too hot, it’s too cold, it’s not the NFL, it’s the Lions, I can afford a Canucks ticket but the Lions are too expensive.
I’m sick of it.
The CFL is a gate driven league. They don’t have a huge TV deal that ensures a profit for each team before a ticket is sold. They count on ticket revenue to be profitable and to run their business. Do you provide your services for free?
There seems to be a sense of entitlement by BC football fans that they should be able to sit on their couch and not contribute to that business model. I have no sympathy for them.
In a day when more and more households have high definition TV, where the games are not blacked out, it’s really not that hard to see the game anyway. If you can’t afford a ticket, and you don’t have HD, you could head to a friends, a bar or a restaurant like Boston Pizza to watch the game. If you’re outside the GVRD the game isn’t blacked out anyway.
The real question you should be asking yourself, is why didn’t I buy a ticket to one of the biggest football games this city has seen in three years?
I realize there are people that simply can’t afford to go out to a game or can’t afford HD cable. People that are REAL fans of the BC Lions that would kill to be in the stadium if they could. Unless you’re one of those people, I really have no time for you sense of entitlement.
The Lions are great value for your entertainment dollar. Many of their players are making less than some of the fans complaining about blackouts.
If you were there last night you would have witnessed a record be broken and a great moment on the final play of the game. I’m pretty sure the 30,622 that were there got their money’s worth.
The Lions next game is October 29th versus the Edmonton Eskimos and will be another big battle for playoff positioning in the West. Good tickets are still available.
Remember the days of tailgating at the PNE fondly Lions fans…it’s unlikely you’ll ever have it that good again. That said, Tailgate Empire will live on in the streets in Vancouver thanks to our friends at Easy Park.
The BC Lions sent out e-mails to their season ticket holders yesterday offering parking 6 blocks away from the stadium under Pacific Centre Mall. And while the price is definitely right at $21.36 including taxes for all four games at BC Place, an underground parking lot obviously can’t facilitate tailgating.
The Lions staff took some much appreciated time to speak with me yesterday and while they wished us the best of luck in our tailgating future, there isn’t much they can do about it. Parking lots around the stadium are disappearing at the expense of real estate development and those that remain are privately owned lots that refuse to allow tailgating.
The PNE model proved once again that if tailgating is done with planning and some simple rules in place, it provides a great game day atmosphere for fans and even creates new ones for the team. Tailgate Empire will continue to pursue this tradition in Vancouver until we simply have no options left.
With that said, our regular group of tailgaters will be setting up shop at the Easy Park lot at Main and Terminal. The great folks at easy park gave us this lot during the last season at BC Place, and have graciously offered it to us once again on our return. The lot is one skytrain stop or a 10 minute walk to BC Place.
This is a small lot so spots are limited. Also there are some critical rules you must adhere to of we wish for this to continue.
1) Your spot must be paid for apon arrival. If that means you pay extra for arriving early, that means you pay extra.
2) NO CHARCOAL BBQ’s
3) All garbage must be removed by tailgaters. COME PREPARED.
4) All beverages must be in plastic cups.
5) There are no washrooms on site. Do not make the lot your washroom.
6) Eachl tailgater vehicle can only take up one parking spot.
There is another option for Lions fans pregame entertainment and that is the official club Street Party outside of Terry Fox Plaza on Beatty Street. The Lions staff have put a lot of effort into providing a great atmosphere for fans of all ages and on September 30th it will be their biggest event yet to celebrate the reopening of BC Place stadium.
I want to thanks the great people at Easy Park, in particular Greg Watrych who has gone out of his way to give us a home! Whenever you park downtown, please consider their lots for your parking needs!
So Tailgate Empire, we’ll see you on Sept. 30th at our new/old home!
A recent video by Global News BC takes a closer look at the massive roof project at BC Place and gives an update on the construction.