Whitecaps FC open full lower bowl for Saturday's match against LA Galaxy

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The Vancouver Whitecaps will open the lower bowl of BC Place to full capacity for Saturday’s match against the LA Galaxy.

“On the heels of a record breaking weekend for the soccer capital of Canada, we’re thrilled to see momentum continue into our next match,” said Whitecaps FC chief operating officer Rachel Lewis via a team-released statement. “Tickets are moving quickly, so we encourage fans to act fast and secure their seats for the match.”

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Nearly 55,000 people packed BC Place for Canada’s World Cup qualifier against Mexico last Friday and another good crowd turned up for the Whitecaps match the next night to watch the ‘Caps beat the Houston Dynamo.

The Whitecaps have a configuration of 22,120 people for home games this season, with the exception of three special nights: LA Galaxy on April 2, Seattle Sounders on October 2, and Portland Timbers on October 23. On those nights, the Whitecaps planned to expand capacity to 25,000.

Tickets must be selling faster than anticipated for Saturday’s match, because they’ve decided to go all-in on the lower bowl, increasing capacity to 27,837.

Including the match against the Galaxy, more than 100,000 fans will have come to BC Place in eight days to watch soccer.

After consecutive wins against Seattle and Houston, the Whitecaps improved their record to two wins and two losses, heading into this weekend’s match.

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