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The 2010 BC Lions Season So Far

August 20th, 2010 @ 10:15am (PT) by Guest Author

The following has been contributed by Brian Wawryshyn, owner of the BC Lions fan blog BCLionsDen.ca

The bye week is upon the BC Lions and the timing probably couldn’t be better for fans and players alike. The Lions are off to a 1-6 start and struggling to find their winning ways. With a young roster and some injury issues, they’ll be using this week off to try and right the ship.

Despite their record to date, there are some great reasons to get out and see the BC Lions in action – and no bigger one than the experience of Empire Field. Even casual sports fans are having a great time on the site where the Lions played until 1982. The great summer weather has made for a few beautiful nights watching football in the environment it was meant to be played – outdoors.

Empire Field

The Lions and the PNE have allowed for a great game day atmosphere. The pregame tailgate parties fill the parking lot with the aroma of barbequed goodies and allow hardcore Lions fans to mingle prior to the game. The sounds of live bands can be heard from the Lions Street Party, held two hours before each game. The Felions dance team is on hand along with Leo the Lion and activities for kids.

The game atmosphere itself is completely different than what recent generations of Lions fans have experienced at cavernous BC Place stadium. The configuration of the temporary stadium has fans right on top of the action. It hasn’t taken Lions fans long to figure out that metal bleachers make a lot of noise when you stomp your feet and “Orange Thunder” has been filling the air when the opposing teams have the ball on offence.

The club has also done a good job of celebrating the past, bringing out such alumni players as Norm Fieldgate, Al Wilson, Tyrone Crews as well as former coach Vic Rapp among others.

If only the Lions could give the fans more to cheer about. The 1-6 start is the worst ever under the Wally Buono regime and the team has really struggled on offence with problems on the offensive line as well as injuries and inconsistent play at the quarterback position. Fans and media have been quick to point the finger at the coaches, but it’s been all of the above that has contributed to the slow start.

The break will see some new players brought in to try and stop the bleeding (such as 3 time all-star defensive lineman Jonathon Brown, formerly of the Toronto Argonauts) but, for the most part, it will be up to existing team members to turn things around and get the first win at Empire Field and try and get back into the playoff race.

First BC Lions football game at Empire Field
Photo credit: John Bollwitt

If you haven’t been to a game, make sure you check one out. It’s great fun for the whole family, and with the PNE and Playland within a stone’s throw of the stadium, it’s easy to make a day of it.

The next BC Lions game is Friday August 27th at 7:30pm against the first place Calgary Stampeders. The PNE is in full swing on that day, so plan your time and transportation accordingly.

Brian Wawryshyn is the owner of the BC Lions fan blog BCLionsDen.ca and can be followed on Twitter as @BCLionsDen.


Miss604.com has two tickets to give away for the next BC Lions game vs the Calgary Stampeders, Friday August 27th. Here’s how to enter to win:

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    Update The winner of the Lions tickets is Natalie – have fun at the game!

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    66 comments

    1. Jaegen says:

      Go Lions!

    2. Tom says:

      Winning these tickets will provide me with a full Canadian sport education within a week (hockey excepted, of course). Lacrosse on Saturday (thanks again, Miss604), and football Friday would be an ace week.

      Also I guarantee* a Lions win (*this is not a guarantee)

    3. Cameron says:

      I would so love to see that game. Watching the Lions play at Empire Stadium has been one of my goals for the summer, and with time running out, I still haven’t done it.

    4. Ranelle says:

      I’m a Rider fan but I’ll go to a Lion’s game.

    5. Bekki says:

      Would love to go to another lions game. Maybe this time they’ll win

    6. Sharon says:

      I’ve got my big foam paw all warmed up! Let’s go Lions!

    7. Rebecca says:

      I would love to see the Lions play – my husband would love it even more!!

    8. Shawn R. says:

      Huge CFL fan here. Love to see the game.

    9. T King says:

      Roar!

    10. Sanaz says:

      Never been to a lion’s game so would love to go:)

    11. Would dearly love to attend the game at Empire! Always too much fun! GO LIONS!!!!

    12. Jason Klatt says:

      Go Lions! If I can’t go, I’ll be watching from my blackberry using the new CFL application that’s free for TELUS users.

    13. Troy says:

      I’m a big Lions fan and I’d like to take my nephew to his first game.

    14. Teresa K says:

      Sweet!

    15. Rob N says:

      I would love to take one of my boys to this game. Neither has ever b een to Empire field.

    16. Josh E says:

      From Australia and would love to see how the game is played here! :)

    17. Stuart says:

      New to the country would lovee to see this team live :)

      Thanks
      Stu

    18. PaulC says:

      New to Vancouver and don’t want to miss Empire Field! Go Lions!!

    19. Nancy Bain says:

      I guess it’s time to getting roaring and support my team. I haven’t been to a game in eons and would love to take my boss.
      Who knows, maybe a raise would be a good return for a good game.
      N.Bain

    20. Sounds like a fun time! I’d love to be there.

    21. nancy says:

      first time on your site, it’s great

    22. James K says:

      I am really enjoying games at Empire…..loads of fun….just hope they can win one.

    23. Christie says:

      I’d love to win!

    24. Bonnie Y. says:

      Went to Empire Field today for the first time. Would be cool to catch the Lions there this season.

    25. pete says:

      Love to go see them in Empire field.

    26. plo says:

      Hope to see the Lions win.

    27. aria says:

      I’d like to cheer them on.

    28. rose says:

      Never been to a football game. Love to go.

    29. alo says:

      I’ll bring my orange pom pom to the game.

    30. A H says:

      Good luck to the Lions.

    31. ying says:

      Go Lions Go.

    32. aylo says:

      Love to go. Hope there are too many drunks, though.

    33. Doug says:

      Go Lions!

    34. Charles A. says:

      Go Lions Go! Miss 604 Rocks!

    35. T&T says:

      The Lions and the PNE all in one day… great fun!

    36. Daniella says:

      GO Lions!!! Awesome contest!

      Thanks!

    37. Mike says:

      Lions rocks!!!! Go team go!

    38. Nick says:

      The Lions might not be doing as well as previous season but they still are fun to watch, especially at empire field. Go Lions Go!!!

    39. Chris says:

      Can still have fun at the game – even if they come in second place during the game!

    40. Carla says:

      I just moved to Vancouver and would LOVE to see a BC lions game!

    41. ashlee says:

      love the lions :)

    42. Jamie says:

      Red- 44! Red- 44! Hut!

    43. Natalie says:

      Me and my orange BC Lions hat are ready to go to the game! Plus, visit the PNE for free before the game! That would be a great day!

    44. Janet says:

      My son joined a football team this summer and he has never been to a football game, it would be awesome to take him, what a great summer memory.

    45. I would love to see Empire stadium and watch the Lions go to work! It would be a perfect chance to take my wife to her first football game. ROAR!

    46. Gladys says:

      Here’s to hoping the season will turn around. It’s been years since I last attended a Lions game but would love to check one out at Empire Field!

    47. Tracy says:

      Love that the Lions are playing outdoors!

    48. Carrie says:

      I would love to see the Lions play at Empire Staduim this season!

    49. Stephanie says:

      Go Lions Go!

    50. Ivy says:

      Go Lions!

    51. Hannah says:

      I just moved here from Calgary, so it would be great to see my Stamps once again. (I hope this doesn’t hurt my chances of winning)

    52. GemBishop says:

      Go Lions Go!!!

    53. Melanie says:

      Go BC Lions! It would be great to see a BC Lions game at Empire Field!

    54. Rob says:

      I’m going regardless if I win tix or not. They are going to win this game.

    55. Greg says:

      Go Lions Go!

    56. LB says:

      Empire stadium looks like a fantastic place to watch a game. It is too bad the Lions are struggling so much this season.

    57. Tracey Flattes says:

      Never been to a Lions game – first time for everything!

    58. Tricia says:

      I’ve never been to a football game either… about time to start :)

    59. Victoria says:

      Go Lions!!

    60. Mary says:

      Love Empire Field and of course the BC LIONS!

    61. laura says:

      I have yet to experience the Lions play in the Empire! Would love to go cheer them on!! :)

    62. Mark says:

      Go Leos Go!

    63. Geoffy says:

      I’d love to get to Empire for a game!

    64. Bex says:

      Would be so excited to see the Lions at Empire! Will for sure share the info! :)

    65. Linda says:

      Winning these tix would make my hubby’s day. He’s a real Lions “Die Hard”

    66. Natalie says:

      Woo hoo!! I won! Thank you so much to Miss 604 and Brian Wawryshyn! :D

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