Your FIFA Fan Guide to the Women’s World Cup in Vancouver!

Photo: Ted McGrath | Flickr

Photo: Ted McGrath | Flickr

The FIFA Women’s World Cup kicked off on Saturday and runs until July 5, culminating with the final match at BC Place stadium on July 5 at 4 pm.

Whether you plan to catch the action inside the stadium or not, here are some ways to soak up the soccer vibe in Vancouver over these exciting 30 days of sport!

Buy game tickets to see the action first hand. Tickets for FIFA Women’s World Cup games start at just over $20 and can be purchased online, by phone at 1-855-985-5000, or in-person at Tourism Vancouver’s Tickets Tonight.

Cheer on the world at the Vancouver FIFA Fan Zone. The main FIFA Women’s World Cup Fan Zone is at Larwill Park (just a few blocks from BC Place). The $1.2 million site offers soccer aficionados a dedicated place to watch the games on large screens, enjoy a few drinks in the beer garden and soak up the World Cup atmosphere. The space is designed to accommodate up to 6,000 people and will be fully animated with live music, a mini soccer pitch, sponsor activations and food trucks. Entry is free and the fan zone will be open each day Canada is playing, or a match is being played in Vancouver. More details.

See Fox Sports broadcast at Jack Pool Plaza. Wanna see TV being made? Head over to Jack Pool Plaza where you’ll find Fox Sports’ temporary outdoor Vancouver studio for the duration of the Women’s World Cup. The space includes a small soccer field to allow on-air analysts to demonstrate game tactics and a large high-resolution screen. Fox will televise almost 200 hours of coverage during the month-long tournament. More details.

Bars and restaurants showing live games on TV. A number of bars and restaurants will be televising the live matches including Backstage Lounge on Granville Island, P2B Lounge (Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront), Steel Toad Brewery (20 foot screen!), Chewies, Spencer’s Lounge (Delta Vancouver Suites), Comox Long Bar and Grill (Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites), and The Fish Shack (nine TVs and a massive projector screen!).

World Cup attractions deals and discounts. Many of the local attractions are getting behind the FIFA excitement with deals and discounts. Both Canadian Outback Rafting and Harbour Cruises are offering 15% off tours to anyone with a valid ticket stub for a game. Grouse Mountain will be showing games on their TVs in Altitude’s Bistro. Mention FIFA at Vida Spa and get 15 % off select treatments. And FlyOver Canada is running a “Win a World Cup Weekend” contest on their Facebook page.

Women’s World Cup hotel stay. You can have a tournament sleepover in style with OPUS Hotel’s FIFA package including overnight accommodation; a well-stocked “survival kit” (noisemakers, official tournament scarf, snacks, and painkillers); and two internationally-themed cocktails per night. Or just drop by OPUS Bar throughout the tournament to sample the cocktails – but get there early. Cocktails will remain on the menu only as long as the teams they represent stay in the game.

Other festivals and events happening over the 30 days of FIFA WWC. Throughout the festival, locals and visitors can soak in the excitement at concurrent events like the 30th annual Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Rio Tinto Dragon Boat Festival and Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.

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