Experience CFL Football Action in Downtown Vancouver

photo: bclions.com

photo: bclions.com

Vancouver may be best known as a hockey town. But when the weather warms up, sports fans turn their attention to the city’s other obsession: Canadian football.

Vancouver is the home of the Canadian Football League’s BC Lions. One of the oldest team in the CFL, the Lions have won an amazing five championships since 1953, making them the city’s most successful pro sports team.

On game days in Vancouver, when the Lions face off in downtown’s 54,500-seat BC Place Stadium, the city comes alive with Lion pride. Fans in orange and white jerseys fill pubs along lively Granville Street, then stream down to the stadium carrying scarves and banners.

Inside, the action is fast and furious. Fewer downs and a larger field lead to a quick, lively game, with more long passing plays and fewer pauses than in the NFL. Lions fans are generally assured of a high-energy affair, often with thrilling, late-game comebacks. Not to mention, the stadium’s extra-wide seats, massive video screens and retractable roof make it one of the premiere places to take in a game in North America.

And the price doesn’t hurt either. Single game tickets start at $32.95.

The Lions play a 19-week schedule from June to November, facing off against the CFL’s other seven teams. Playoff action heats up in November, culminating in the Grey Cup Championship late in the month, the CFL equivalent of the Super Bowl.

For schedule and ticket information, check out the BC Lions website.

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