Well, technically it wasn’t Friday, but you get the gist. Believe it or not, a few of us at Homorazzi.com spent part of our Saturday night hanging out with a bunch of big burly guys throwing some pigskin. Brian, Dan, Patrick, Rich, Tyrell and myself watched our BC Lions battle the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Over the years, I’ve watched only a handful of CFL games, but all taking place underneath BC Place. With the stadium undergoing a facelift, this season’s games have been transplanted to Empire Stadium at the Pacific National Exhibition site. The stadium first opened in 1954 and demolished in 1993, but resurrected to house the stadium-less Lions. In its hey day, Empire Stadium hosted concerts by both Elvis Presley and The Beatles.
To make the event more out of our comfort zone, we decided to take the city famous No. 10 bus. It’s infamous for its colorful characters leaving the Vancouver Downtown East side. There was even a popular play based on the riding experience.
When we arrived at the stadium, I was immediately overcome with game spirit. You can’t help but get caught up with the excitement and energy surrounding you. Considering its just a temporary location, the facilities, concession stands and seating exceeded my expectations. There isn’t a bad seat in the stadium. I love the intimate feel the smaller venue provides.
If you’re not a fan of watching football, I still highly suggest you go with a bunch of friends. There is enough entertainment in the stands and sidelines to hold your attention. Even though the game was super exciting and close, we were all equally (if not more) mesmerized with what was going on around us. The night had it all, bitchy uncoordinated cheerleaders, over zealous fans, people getting thrown out for disorderly conduct. Heck, a girl even got booted for taking her top off.
In the end, our beloved Lions lost, but all of us had a great time. We’re already talking about going again before the season ends. Big shout outs to Paul Nixey for giving us wicked seats and to Mother Nature for holding her torrential rains til the game ended.
Check out a few of our pics from our butchy night out.
Dan is a big CFL fan. He even got a few shout outs for wearing his Roughriders hats. How awesome does the sky look?
We broke Rich’s CFL cherry. Anyone care to take any guesses on how many beers all six of us drank cumulatively.
From left to right, Tyrell, Patrick and Brian. I felt bad for Brian. For part of the game, he was sitting by a Snooki look-a-like and her super drunk obnoxious friends.
Granted some of them are super hot. A few of them were surprisingly uncoordinated and couldn’t follow the other cheerleaders nor the beat to the music. If anyone knows how to purchase those patent leather orange boots, Rich wants a pair for his alter ego, Fancie Goldhammer.
Its a bird. No, its a plane. Not its… super Canada slash Flash Gordon man and BC Pete (team wrangler)
It’s the fourth Cheetah Girl. This dude had guts. Surprisingly enough, he didn’t even lose a bet to wear this animal print ensemble.
I have to admit, I’m all for security presence. I loved watching them throw out heinously drunk guys. Dudes, if you can’t handle your liquor, don’t drink.
Here’s a picture of one of the altercations.
I wonder how many calls this number gets on a typical evening.
An artistic shot of the field.
I’ve said it before, but how beautiful does the sky look. It’s insane how picturesque it is, sitting at the end zone. Vancouver is truly breathtaking.