Game Day: Thursday, July 7 presented by Budweiser
Pregame (5:00 pm): BC Lions Tailgate Party presented by Nissan (Terry Fox Plaza)
Kickoff: 7:00 pm (Gates 6:00 pm)
Alumni autographs: Daved Benefield and Dane Payne (behind section 227 during halftime)
Play by Play: TSN1040 (HD 103.5 FM) with Scott Rintoul and Giulio Caravatta (pregame starts at 2:00 pm)Fans are encouraged to take some extra time on their way down to the game on Thursday and enjoy the BC Lions Tailgate Partypresented by Nissan starting at 5:00 pm on Terry Fox Plaza. In addition to the unique tailgating experience that only football offers, there’s plenty for families too with face painting and inflatable games.
Live music will be provided courtesy of Line 49 along with a performance by the Felions. Early-bird food and beverage pricing is also in effect inside BC Place from 6:00 to 6:30 pm.
Thursday night’s game theme is a Salute to Armed Forces and the Lions are honoured to welcome service personnel from HMCS Discovery, the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Army.
In keeping with the night’s theme, the club is very excited to welcome honourary captains Rear Admiral Gilles Couturier as well as Lieutenant Colonel Robin Steward who is also the father of Lions offensive lineman Hunter Steward.
Halftime too will showcase the skills of these brave individuals as three female members of the armed forces compete head-to-head in a football-themed obstacle course.
Following a dominating defensive performance and a 28-3 win in Hamilton on Canada Day, the first-place BC Lions return home to defend the den against Ricky Ray and the Toronto Argonauts this Thursday night at 7:00 pm. The Lions haven’t jumped out to a 2-0 start since 2012 and will face a Toronto team that evened its own record at 1-1 with a convincing win in Regina last week.
Led by their defence, the Lions have surrendered just 21 points over their first two games – a league-best even among clubs that have only played just one game this season. With the linebacker tandem of Adam Bighill and Solomon Elimimian leading the way with 11 tackles between them, the Leos defence also forced four tasty turnovers at aptly named Tim Horton’s Field last week and now set their sights on shutting down one of the all-time greats in Ricky Ray.
On offence, quarterback Jonathon Jennings enjoyed an effective outing in Hamilton completing 16 of 27 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown. His primary target was Shawn Gore who notched his first 100-yard receiving effort since 2014 including a 60-yard romp in the second quarter. Most importantly for Jennings through two weeks is the fact that the young pivot has not thrown an interception. Ball control will be key again this week and the Lions will be without the services of running back Jeremiah Johnsonwho is the league’s third-leading rusher. His spot in the line-up will be taken by Anthony Allen who will make his regular season debut.
Kick returner and running back Chris Rainey sparked a Lions win over Calgary in June with an electrifying 72-yard punt return TD and his consistent play through two weeks has him atop of both the punt and kickoff return yardage charts with average returns of 27.0 and 27.3 yards respectively. Look for Rainey to be a difference maker again this week.
It’s been a great start to the season and a win Thursday won’t come easy, but the Lions would love to put up another one before venturing out on the road for three games over the next four weeks.