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WHITECAPS TO BATTLE THE PORTLAND TIMBERS IN KELOWNA

…Vancouver and Portland meet at the Apple Bowl on Saturday, July 9

VANCOUVER, BC – The Vancouver Whitecaps Director of Soccer Operations, Bob Lenarduzzi, announced today that the City of Kelowna will play host to the regular season tilt between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers on Saturday, July 9. The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. kick-off at the Apple Bowl.

“I believe this is an excellent opportunity for the Whitecaps to reach out to their fans outside the lower mainland,” said Lenarduzzi. “Grass roots soccer has a strong following in the Okanagan and we are thrilled about the prospect to contribute to the continued growth of soccer in that community.”

The game will be part of a fun filled Whitecaps soccer weekend with a number of events to be schedule around the game including a soccer camp for local soccer youth.

“We are very excited about the instant impact the Whitecaps bring to soccer in the Okanagan,” said Jim Gabriel, Sports and Facilities Manager of Sport Kelowna. “The high level of soccer they showcase will create increased exposure and opportunities for youth in Kelowna.”

Ticket information for this game will be available in the spring. For more information please call 604.669.WAVE (9283) or visit us on the web at whitecapsfc.com.  

 

 

 

 

 

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I think it's a great idea to play some regular season matches out of town. They certainly were a huge success in Saskatoon.

The Whitecaps would do well in Winnipeg. The Fury used to draw behind only Vancouver, so a good crowd would be a strong possibility. It's also a market that the USL wants to see in Div 1.

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All in favour of playing games in other Cities, but not home games. The season ticket holders pay for 14 home games and we expect to get 14 home games without having to drive to Kelowna to watch a home game. If they want to add a 29th game, to be played in Kelowna, Winnipeg or elsewhere, then thats fine because that would still give us our 14 home games.

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quote:Originally posted by analyst

All in favour of playing games in other Cities, but not home games. The season ticket holders pay for 14 home games and we expect to get 14 home games without having to drive to Kelowna to watch a home game. If they want to add a 29th game, to be played in Kelowna, Winnipeg or elsewhere, then thats fine because that would still give us our 14 home games.

I agree. Fans here in Montreal are getting sick of having to play home away from home games again this year. Remember that we have to play home games in Sherbrooke and Quebec City again this year...

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quote:Originally posted by Daniel

The season tickets here don't include out-of-city home games, so it's usually cheaper to go game-by-game because there's only a 5$ difference.

The Impact is owned/subsidised at least in part by the Quebec Provincial Government right? In which case it is only fair to the provincial taxpayers that the games be spread around the province some.

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quote:Originally posted by Richard

The Impact is owned/subsidised at least in part by the Quebec Provincial Government right? In which case it is only fair to the provincial taxpayers that the games be spread around the province some.

This is the MONTREAL Impact and as long as it is, it should play in Montréal.

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Capital News:

Whitecaps to play game here

The Vancouver Whitecaps will be getting a few kicks in Kelowna this summer.

The USL First Division team will play a regular season game against the Portland Timbers on Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m. at the Apple Bowl.

“I believe this is an excellent opportunity for the Whitecaps to reach out to their fans outside the Lower Mainland” said Bob Lenarduzzi, the Whitecaps director of soccer operations. “Grass roots soccer has a strong following in the Okanagan and were are thrilled about the prospect to contribute to the continues growth of soccer in that community.”

One of the club’s 28 regular season games, the Whitecaps are hoping to draw as many as 4,000 fans for the game in Kelowna.

Other events will planned around the game to benefit many of the more than 5,500 members of the Central Okanagan Youth Soccer Association, including a soccer camp.

“We are very excited about the instant impact the Whitecaps bring to soccer in the Okanagan,” said Jim Gabriel, sport facilities manager for Sport Kelowna. “The high level of soccer they showcase will create increased exposure and opportunities for youth in Kelowna.”

Ticket information for the Whitecaps-Portland Timbers will be available in the spring. For more information, call (604) 669-9283, or visit: www.whitecapsfc.com.

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