Game Day: Saturday, August 13
Pregame (5:00 pm): BC Lions Tailgate Party presented by Nissan (Terry Fox Plaza)
Kickoff: 7:00 pm (Gates 6:00 pm)
Play by Play: TSN 1040 and TSNHD Radio (103.5 FM) (pregame show starts at 5:00 pm)
With beautiful weather in the forecast, fans are encouraged to take some extra time on their way down to the game on Saturday and enjoy the BC Lions Tailgate Party presented by Nissan starting at 5:00 pm on Terry Fox Plaza. In addition to the unique tailgating experience that only professional football offers, there’s plenty for families too with face painting and inflatable games.
Live music will be provided courtesy of Freedom95 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.
In addition to the Tailgate Party, fans should arrive early on Saturday as the first 5,000 people through the gates will receive an Adam Bighill bobblehead courtesy of presenting game sponsor TELUS. It’s the first of two TEAM 100 bobblehead giveaways, the second of which takes place on Saturday, October 22 when fellow linebacker Solomon Elimimian is immortalized in plastic.
Saturday also marks BC Lions Wall of Fame inductions for receiver Jason Clermont and offensive lineman Cory Mantyka. Each will take their rightful place among all-time Leo greats during a halftime ceremony. Fans can check out the club’s extensive Wall of Fame display located inside Gate A at BC Place.
It’s been more than a month since the Lions (4-2) have played in the friendly confines of BC Place and they return to their Den on Pacific with the CFL’s second-best record, just a point behind the first-place Calgary Stampeders in the West Division.
Going 2-1 on the road including wins over Saskatchewan and Montreal, the Leos only loss came in a 44-41 overtime thriller versus Calgary back on July 29th. They’ll face the Stamps next week at home, making Saturday’s tilt versus Hamilton all the more critical if they want to keep pace with Calgary.
Led by their stingy defence which has surrendered a league-low 135 points through six games and emerging star Jonathon Jennings at quarterback, the Lions have gotten off to a great start under head coach Wally Buono one-third of the way through 2016 regular season.
They will need another strong effort on Saturday versus a Hamilton club coming off a 37-11 drubbing at the hands of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week after enduring a two-hour weather delay before kickoff. The Lions and Ticats also met in Hamilton back on Canada Day with the Lions notching a convincing 28-3 win.
It’s a Saturday night cat fight at BC Place with plenty on the line for both clubs looking to edge closer to the top of their respective divisions.