Vancouver Whitecaps Approach Sales Goals

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Feb 24, 2011

‘The Whitecaps are close to selling out their first MLS game March 19 against Canadian rival Toronto FC. The club is also only about 1,000 sales short of reaching its goal of selling 16,500 season-tickets this year.’

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‘Vancouver opens the season playing at Empire Field, a temporary outdoor venue.

The club won’t move into the newly renovated B.C. Place Stadium until Oct. 2, when Vancouver faces the Portland Timbers, the MLS’s other expansion team this year. The Whitecaps will play their final three regular-season games at B.C. Place.

…With the Whitecaps’ opening game just over three weeks away, the team has sold around 18,000 tickets. Empire Field seats around 21,000 for soccer.

The club put single-game tickets for the match on sale Wednesday and sold 2,500 in 24 hours.

“That has blown us away,” said Barber.

The Whitecaps plan to hold back some tickets for community soccer teams and groups. The number of available seats is running out but Barber doesn’t want to declare a sellout yet.

“I don’t want to turn off the tap of demand because there is still a lot out there,” he said. “We are pushing people to act quickly because we don’t want people to be disappointed.”‘

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