Soccer, or football, puts its emphasis on the human foot, largely to keep it safe now that delinquent hands are using real rocks, paper, and scissors in their games. Keep feet from falling in with a bad crowd with today's GrouponLive deal: for $65, you get two aqua section tickets to see Vancouver Whitecaps FC take on Real Salt Lake on October 6, 6:30 p.m. ($76.50 total value), plus two Whitecaps T-shirts ($54 value), at BC Place.
Founded in 1974, Vancouver Whitecaps FC builds on their storied history during their first Major League Soccer season with sharp passes and precise headers performed to the soundtrack of a passionate crowd’s booming chants. Visitors take a seat in the aqua section behind the net and get an up close view of the keeper’s reaction saves, lunging dives, and feverish diary-writing during downtime. Pull on a Whitecaps T-shirt and show support by joining in with the thousands of fans singing and hollering as Whitecaps stars such as striker Eric Hassli perform fancy footwork around a tough Real Salt Lake defense and big time midfielders such as Kyle Beckerman. With just three home matches remaining in the season, the Whitecaps look to finish a rough and tumble season strong.
BC Place continues a long tradition of Whitecaps soccer, going back to the North American Soccer League begun in the 1970s. Today the stadium is a modern work of art, boasting a retractable roof and an ultra-modern, FIFA two-star rated Polytan Ligaturf 240 RS+ all-weather turf pitch. Fans all around the stadium are also treated to close-up views via the center-hung, four-sided, high-definition video board, which is the largest in MLS and second biggest in all of North America, letting even moon-based soccer fans easily sneak a peak into all the grass-tethered action.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
On September 9, 1979, more than 100,000 Whitecaps fans lined Robson Street to salute their hometown club. That day, the Whitecaps returned home after becoming Vancouver's first professional sports team to win a major North American championship: they had just defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies to claim the North American Soccer League title.
Since that first one, the franchise has won six additional titles–including four in a row from 1988–1991 while playing as the 86ers in the Canadian Soccer League. In fact, the club competed under that 86ers moniker until 2000. That year, spurred by public support and an unexplainable 'Caps logo beamed into the night sky, it re-emerged under its original Whitecaps identity. Today, the 21st-century incarnation of the club continues to battle for its first championship as part of Major League Soccer, where it began play in 2011.