Vancouver Southsiders returning to Rogers Arena, might not get kicked out for cheering this time

You might remember the Vancouver Southsiders from their infamous, February 12th appearance at Rogers Arena. With no Whitecaps to cheer for but feeling in the mood to cheer nonetheless, 75 members of the boisterous group of soccer fans wandered down the block for a tilt between the Vancouver Canucks and the Minnesota Wild, then proceeded to stand and cheer during the game.

How they did it, no one will ever understand. Here the Canucks were, locked in your standard, grind-it-out affair with the Christmas-coloured nap inducers of the Midwest, a game that ended 2-1, as usual, and yet there was a group… cheering? Odd, that.

But rather than try to understand them and their ways – or better, abduct and dissect a few like the aliens they sort of were — the event staff kicked them out. One member of the group described the absurd experience of being ejected for cheering at a sports event to Metro News:

“At the intermission, between the first and second (periods) a large number of security and staff came up and told us that we were no longer allowed to stand unless we were in the very back row.

“At that point, two of our members were ejected from the arena for what they deemed to being disrespectful to event staff for questioning their rules. We were told we were allowed to stand on goals and one of our members (said), ‘Well, what about this? What about this?’ At that point he was ejected.”

This set off a mass outcry about town. Rogers Arena is hardly a loud building — which isn’t that surprising when you consider that fans of this team want to fire and trade elite performers all the time, so clearly, they’re difficult a crowd to impress — but kicking someone out for cheering is beyond the pale.

Thankfully, there’s good news! We’re getting a do-over. The Minnesota Wild are back in town on the 18th of March and they’re not the only group that’s returning that night: the Southsiders will be in the building as well, and this time, a month after getting a reception chiller than Willy, it appears they’ll be a little more warmly received. From the Southsiders forum:

We’re doing it again and this time the Canucks brass are looking forward to seeing the Southsiders at Rogers Arena.

Monday, March 18, 7:00 pm watch the Canucks battle the Minnesota Wild for 1st place in the Northwest division.

140 tickets are available - almost double the number we had for the February 12 game. Tickets are $50 each.

There you have it. The Southsiders will be back, louder and more numerous than ever, this time with the blessing of the event staff.

Perhaps this is the beginning of a sea change? One can only hope.

Welcome, Southsiders. If you’re looking for a fresh cheer, we humbly submit the following:

Canucks are good! Wild are bad!
Our dad can beat up your dad!

It might need some tweaking.

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12 comments

  1. J21 (@Jyrki21)
    March 13, 2013

    I like the Southsiders and read their forums (they have a rather condescending view toward other Vancouver sports fans, but that’s neither here nor there), but they obviously weren’t kicked out “for cheering”. In fact, the quotation up above spells it out pretty clearly — they were standing where you’re not supposed to stand, and got wise with the arena staff when asked to respect the rules.

    I know from reading their forum that they came in with a bit of a chip on their shoulder to begin with, so I don’t think it’s as innocent as it’s portrayed, much as I’d like to see them bring more spirit to the moribund crowd.

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    • Quinn
      March 13, 2013

      The no standing rule is a great one (cause, really, I don’t want to stand just to see the penalty kill or a period of dump and trap), but they were seated in the last two rows of the section, so they weren’t obstructing anyone’s view. A little common sense by Rogers Arena staff would have gone a long way. You can’t stand, so you don’t obstruct other patrons views. If you’re only standing in front of your own group, no harm, no foul, right?

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    • ikillchicken
      March 14, 2013

      “kicking someone out for cheering is beyond the pale.”

      Which is probably why that DIDN’T happen. Standing was the issue. It says so plain as day in your own quote. There’s absolutely no reason you can’t sit and cheer. Cheering and standing are two largely separate factors.

      Seriously, we get it people. You think Rodgers Arena is too quiet. And that’s fine. But please stop trying to co-opt this obviously unrelated incident to support your point.

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    • Mick
      March 16, 2013

      Personally I stand in the Southside and don’t come to Rodgers on principle. It’s too expensive ,too boring and frankly any enjoyment of the (high-quality) hockey is sapped out of me by the anodine atmosphere. Anyway, these Southsiders are also Canucks fans and support sport in Vancouver, hence why they would like to come – but also ‘experience’ a game with passion and perhaps make the experience ‘complete’ and organic.

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  2. chinook
    March 13, 2013

    “the Christmas-coloured nap inducers of the Midwest” …… oh my, Daniel, oh my. The outrage of the Wild, should the Southsiders get hold of that taunt.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      March 13, 2013

      While I appreciate getting the credit, Harrison wrote this post. :)

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      • Amor de Cosmos
        March 13, 2013

        Good luck to them, but they’ve a cultural cliff to climb. As an aging ex-Brit it’s my opinion that Canadian hockey fans (outside Montréal) cheer as a reward, American fans (where hockey matters) cheer as an incentive, and soccer fans everywhere cheer all the time because they’re part of the game.

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  3. Sean
    March 13, 2013

    Getting hipsters involved with the Canucks can only be a good thing, no?

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    • Ooda
      March 13, 2013

      Hipsters?

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  4. Dave
    March 14, 2013

    Sounds like they were kicked out for being jerks and ruining other fans enjoyment of the game. But go ahead, spin it as ‘they were kicked out for cheering.” If you’ve ever had to sit thru someone jumping up in front of you at innapropriate times, you’ll understand why it’s a ‘kicking out offence’. Everyone else paid their money to watch the game too, why should a few people who want to do it their way be able to ruin the experience for others?
    Note to Southsiders: hockey fans also don’t stand up and sing “take me out to the ball game” in the middle of the 7th … because, well, it’s not a ball game. Same goes for your cheering. Want to be part of a game? Play hockey, or go watch soccer where according to some, fans are a part of the game. In hockey they are spectators.

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    • Mick
      March 16, 2013

      Hockey fans in Europe stand in special fan sections. It’s more atmospheric. In Hockey fans are ‘spectators’? Maybe in Vancouver – but not in Toronto, Edmonton or Montreal. You’ve just outlined the problem. There is no ‘experience’ to be ruined. Just a $120 seat, advertising blasted at insane decibels in your ears and a zombie like experience which makes watching the Giants a postively party-like atmosphere in comparison. I’m not saying the Southsiders change this – but the Canucks ‘experience’ is so watered down and sterile that I’m amazed anyone really ‘enjoys’ it. People hardly stand up when they score!

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  5. kayfray
    March 14, 2013

    This is just typical of Rogers Arena, one of the least exciting places to watch a game because of stuff like this, and unfortunately my home teams arena. A game at the MTS Center even on TV is generally more energizing than being at Rogers. This is hockey in Canada, we shouldnt be flipping pools or anything, but we should be passionate as hell. If you only want to cheer on a big hit or when someone scores, go watch golf.

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