Too bad you didn’t make it to the game David! Being a “die hard” Bomber fan now living in BC, I was excited to go watch my Bombers live!
The win was great, but the atmosphere was pathetic! I think only 12,500 fans and I think even that was a “stretch”. Lots of empty seats, not sure if it’s because of covid or just apathetic fans, or both.
Got there early to make sure we had time to go thru the covid screening. From the moment me and my buddy arrived, it just seemed “dead”. No entertainment or activities, at least nothing cool and/or exciting. Then we got into BC Place. What a waste of a facility! Staff there were great, but everything else just seemed to be lacking! I thought I’d buy a Bomber cap or t-shirt there but was disappointed to find that they ONLY sell BC Lions gear. I wasn’t expecting a full line of merchandise but I thought as a professional league, there might be a CFL shop there or at the very least, 2-3 items of visiting teams’ gear in the Lions shop. To make matters worse, my buddy is a Lions fan, and in everything he wanted to buy, they didn’t have his size (XL).
Food offerings were average at best. I expected more from BC Place! Once we got to our seats and the game started, it was ok, but again, no atmosphere! There was no “rush” from the fans cheering, since there were hardly any fans and the fans that were there didn’t have much to cheer about! When they did have something to cheer about, they were drowned out by the constant “rock concert” level music! I love loud music, but when all your announcer can say is “make some noise” or “get loud”, then pumps out 100 db plus music, kind of defeats the purpose! Every single second of clock stoppage was filled with the music blasting. No commentary or play by play info, or anything useful was really heard. What a waste of an awesome sound system!
After the game, I was excited to party on, hell, I’m in downtown Vancouver on a Friday night. I’m double vaxxed, let’s party on, but was disappointed once again! At least half the restaurants and lounges within walking distance of BC Place were closed! WTF? We stayed in a hotel that had a restaurant and lounge on the main floor so we thought we’d go back there and get some food and a few more drinks. Got there and they were closed! Closed at 9 pm on Friday night within 2 blocks from BC Place after a Lions game! Talk about apathy!
Anyways, other than a Bomber win, the night was really sub par and far less than expected. I grew up going to Bomber games in a crappy outdoor stadium, but I remember the “atmosphere” and “electricity”, win or lose, it was always a great time! ….. and the games at -20 were the best! Snowmobile suit and wine skin in hand! Lol
Now, nursing a hangover, but satisfied with another Bomber win, I’m going to head back home to Victoria! ….. and think long and hard before returning to watch another Lions game at BC Place. I love the CFL! I hope the new owner listens to the community and brings some life back to the games. BC and it’s fans deserve more. From what I saw last night, lot of work to do on all ends!