Whitecaps fans miffed at increased ticket prices

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:03 PM ET

The Southsiders’ president is giving the Vancouver Whitecaps a yellow card for the high price of season tickets.

A package for the Caps’ 2011 Major League Soccer debut campaign ranges from $319 for corner sections to $1,748 for front row club seating, plus HST, according to a list released Thursday. The top price for a Vancouver match is $92 per game, which is $12 more than Manchester United charges at Old Trafford.

“We want the club to succeed, we don’t want the club to fail,” said Southsider John Knox. “We’re really concerned here that what you think fans are prepared to pay isn’t anywhere near the reality of the situation.”

If the Southsiders want season tickets behind the goal at B.C. Place’s west end zone, they’ll have to pay $494 plus tax. The Seattle Sounders, by comparison, are charging US$436. Knox said he paid $270, including tax, to spend the 2010 season in the general admission south end zone at Swangard Stadium.

The Caps published only a B.C. Place Stadium seating chart, despite the fact they will play both Nutrilite Canadian Championship matches and most of the 17 MLS regular season matches at Empire Field. Prices for single-game tickets, to go on sale in early 2011, were not published.

The Caps claim they have sold 14,500 packages so far. B.C. Pavilion Corporation chairman David Podmore said Monday that B.C. Place would reopen next fall after its $563-million renovation.


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