VANCOUVER, BC. - AUGUST 13: The BC Lions vs Hamilton Tiger Cats at BC Place on Saturday, August 14, 2016. The Lions won 45-38. Photo By Derek Cain / ISN.

It’s a huge Friday night of BC Lions football action with a critical matchup against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on deck. Fans are encouraged to take some extra time on their way down to the game on Friday 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 football offers, there’s plenty for families too with face painting and inflatable games.

Live music on the plaza will be provided courtesy of Rachel Layne 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.

Fans are encouraged to be in their seats early this week as the Lions go “Lights Out” for team introductions and remain in their seats for another entertaining Amacon Halftime which features a captivating performance by the Vancouver Circus School.

While making their way to the Tailgate Party on Terry Fox Plaza, fans are asked to support the Purolator Tackle Hunger program by bringing cash or a non-perishable food item for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and Surrey Food Bank as volunteers including wives, girlfriends and family members of the BC Lions will be stationed at Gates A and H ready to help collect donations. In return for their donation, fans will have an opportunity to take a picture with the Grey Cup.

Game Overview
The BC Lions (9-5) look to get back in the win column this week versus a scrappy Winnipeg Blue Bomber squad (9-6) at BC Place. The second-place Lions are in the midst of a heated West Division race with Winnipeg making Friday’s tilt a must see for Lions fans.

Last week, the Lions fell behind in Winnipeg by as many as three touchdowns, but came storming back with quarterback Jonathon Jennings throwing for almost 450 yards in the heart-stopping two-point road loss. The offence struck for more than 500 total yards on Saturday afternoon including a brilliant 208-yard receiving performance by third-year Leo Bryan Burnham and another 150 yards for teammate Emmanuel Arceneaux. Both pass grabbers are now over the 1,000-yard mark on the season.

Winnipeg comes west for the first time this year led by former Lions running back Andrew Harris who would dearly love to have a big game on the fast track at BC Place. Last week, he rumbled for 66 yards along the ground and added another 50 yards through the air in an emotional return to action against his former club. The Lions defence will need to keep the entire Winnipeg offence under wraps if they want to emerge victorious over a team willing to pull out plenty of gadgets to secure a win.

The Lions secured a 20th consecutive playoff berth in ironic fashion on Monday with western rivals Calgary and Edmonton notching wins over Toronto and Montreal. Now it’s time to take a major step toward nailing down a Western Semi-Final home game with a win Friday night.

Game Day: Friday, October 14
Pregame (5:00 pm): BC Lions Tailgate Party presented by Nissan (Terry Fox Plaza)
Kickoff: 7:00 pm (Gates 6:00 pm)
Halftime: Vancouver Circus School
Play by Play: TSN 1040 and TSNHD Radio (103.5 FM) (pregame show starts at 5:00 pm)