Jennifer Gauthier/For Metro Vancouver
If the police presence was not enough of a tipoff that last night’s exhibition game was far from your average Vancouver Whitecaps tilt, then B.C. Place’s party of Stanley Cup proportions certainly was.
The Vancouver edition of the David Beckham show reached its climax last night as his L.A. Galaxy faced off against the home team.
It was easy to think the roles were reversed, however, as the crowd erupted into a roar worthy of a Beatles concert whenever the star midfielder touched the ball.
"This is awesome," said Whitecaps fan Kris Wyatt over the roar of the live band outside B.C. Place. "I’ve never seen anything like this at a Caps game," adding he hoped last night’s display of enthusiasm for the beautiful game continues.
Building North American enthusiasm for a sport that inspires religious fervour all over the world was a key reason for signing Becks this summer.
While Beckham’s $250-million contract has drawn plenty of criticism, last night’s raucous scene in this hockey city made a convincing argument the L.A. Galaxy spent its money wisely.