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.Tags: : Whitecaps, Rogers Arena, Southsiders