Gear up, soccer fans!
A uniquely Canadian brand of the sport is coming to Greater Victoria, and springtime is looking a whole lot more exciting as of April.
The cherry blossoms are blooming, the sun is shining, and for the football-fandom of our fair city, a whole new world is opening up in a big way – Pacific Football Club is officially bringing the sport to not only Vancouver Island, but right into our own backyard.
Founded in 2018, PFC will be playing out of the spectacularly renovated Westhills Stadium in Langford. Fans will be able to enjoy the exciting, fast-paced sporting atmosphere that goes along with the club, with Pacific FC kicking off the season with their inaugural home-opener on April 28th!
- Pacific FC releases full schedule with home-opener just two months away
- Pacific FC signs Canadian international Marcel De Jong from Whitecaps
Pacific FC will break in the brand new digs at the Westhills stadium on Sunday, April 28th in its first ever home match, hosting the Halifax Wanderers (HFX) in a historic night of soccer.
The match begins at 4:00 p.m., but gates open at 1:00 p.m. and you can join Pacific FC for live music, food trucks and performers – before the boys even hit the pitch! Also, be sure to stick around after the match for a post-game concert and even an 18-minute firework show!
Victoria Buzz will even be on location to cheer alongside the masses and chat all things PFC – we will also have some sweet prizes up for grabs! Enter to win things like two tickets to PFC’s next home game, two scarves, two hats, and an awesome grand-prize of lunch with up to 4 of PFC’s players.
Without further ado, here are 5 reasons why you’ll want to check out Pacific FC’s home-opener this month:
1. Professional soccer is here on the island!
Pacific FC’s roster is shaping up to be a major contender for the inaugural Canadian Premier League title. With a current total of 7 teams across Canada, and a plan to bump to 10 for 2020 and 12 by 2026, the CPL is the first truly coast to coast professional league for Canadians by Canadians. Get out and support your Island team!
2. Soccer could be your family friendly go-to this summer
The Canadian Premier League’s whole mantra is about growing the game for Canadians, and what better way than introducing kids early? Between being able to expend some serious energy cheering on and getting into the game, and having lots of opportunity to meet the players, soccer games could be your new favourite family pass time.
3. Pacific FC’s roster is seriously easy on the eyes
It almost goes without saying, but c’mon, ladies! What’s better than taking in the sport on a warm summer’s day, but also getting to indulge in a little bit of eye candy while you do it? This Instagram-worthy group of guys are as sweet as they are good-looking, and give us a serious case of heart-eyes!
4. PFC’s first opponent is flying across the country just to play
Halifax Wanderers (HFX) are set to match up against Pacific FC in their home-opener, and Halifax will fly 4,476 km – the 3rd largest trip in professional soccer across the globe – a trip PFC will make themselves on June 1st.
5. The team’s fan shop has some incredibly sweet gear
Pacific FC’s trademark purple is iconic as it is eye-catching, and with everything from hoodies and hats, to accessories like backpacks and even mugs, their fan shop has a little bit of something for everyone!
View the full season schedule here.
- When: Sunday, April 28th at 4 p.m. – Pacific FC vs. Halifax Wanderers
- Where: Westhills Stadium, 1089 Langford Parkway
- Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online for both single games and season-ticket packages.