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Whitecaps move Champions Cup game to Langford due to B.C. Place scheduling conflict

By The Canadian Press on December 18, 2023.

Vancouver Whitecaps fans cheer as the team walks onto the field before Game 2 of a first-round MLS playoff soccer match against Los Angeles FC, in Vancouver, on Sunday, November 5, 2023. The Whitecaps are shifting their first-round CONCACAF Champions Cup game on Feb. 7 to Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., because of a scheduling conflict at B.C. Place, the club's home stadium. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Whitecaps are shifting their CONCACAF Champions Cup game on Feb. 7 to Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., because of a scheduling conflict at B.C. Place, the club’s home stadium.

Vancouver entertains Mexican club Tigres UANL in the first round of the 27-team competition. The first leg will take place on Vancouver Island before a second leg at Estadio Universitario in San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico on Feb. 14.

B.C. Place is hosting the “2024 BC Home and Garden Show” from Feb. 8 to Feb. 11.

Whitecaps chief executive officer Axel Schuster says in a statement the team explored all possibilities and venues in B.C. upon learning of the conflict. He says Starlight Stadium was the only CONCACAF-approved stadium.

Starlight Stadium, which has a capacity of some 6,000, is home to the Canadian Premier League’s Pacific FC.

It will also be the site of Calgary-based Cavalry FC’s Champions Cup match against Orlando City SC on a to-be-determined date in February to escape the Alberta cold.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 18, 2023.

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