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Vancouver FC Offers Free Tickets in Wake Of Messi Misery

By on May 24, 2024 0 979 Views

To adapt an old adage: One team’s disappointment can become another team’s opportunity.

That was the case for Vancouver FC yesterday evening in the wake of some heavy news for Vancouver soccer fans: the Vancouver Whitecaps, scheduled to play Inter Miami CF on Saturday, released a statement earlier in the day announcing that neither Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, nor Sergio Busquets will travel with the team to Vancouver for the match.

Given the expected record-breaking crowd of 55,000 looking forward to seeing their local MLS side, this news was met with frustration, disappointment, and certainly some sheer outrage. But between all the virtual yelling, one side seized the moment.

Vancouver FC, the local CPL side that is competing with the Whitecaps for sports fan’s attention in the Lower Mainland, saw a chance to turn that online ire towards Messi, Miami, and MLS into some support for their ‘Salish Sea Derby’ match that is to be played in Langley just before the Whitecaps match.

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“In light of the announcement that Lionel Messi and other players on Inter Miami of Major League Soccer will not be travelling to BC, Vancouver FC is offering fans a chance to catch some of the best soccer B.C. has to offer on Saturday, May 25, 2024,” read an official Vancouver FC statement.

Disgruntled fans that bought tickets for the Miami match can choose to make the trip to Langley to watch two local rivals battle it out against – and to do it for free.

“Any fan who purchased a ticket to Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Inter Miami are eligible to receive a free ticket to Vancouver FC’s first derby match of 2024 against Pacific FC on Saturday. The only requirement is that fans show proof of purchase to VFC via email or in-person on game day.”

For those who had already purchased a ticket to Vancouver FC’s derby match against Pacific, they are able to get one additional ticket for no extra charge.

This opportunistic strategy has proved to be a huge success, as many across the Twittersphere lauded the Eagles for their offer in the wake of all that disappointment.

It will remain to be seen how much of a bump Vancouver will get off the back of this marketing strategy, but they may need some more chairs given the 55,000 that have the potential to show up to their doorsteps.

The Vancouver FC match kicks off at 3:00PM local time in Langley, while the Whitecaps match against Miami at 7:30PM in Vancouver.

Vancouver FC currently rest third in the Canadian Premier League, having beaten the reigning champions in Hamilton last week.

Header Image Photo Credit: Beau Chevalier / Vancouver FC

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