BC Place has a new all-time attendance mark and it was set by someone in a B.C. Lions jersey — just not one of the players.
On Saturday, September 2, superstar singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran brought his Autumn Variations tour to Vancouver, drawing a record 65,061 fans into BC Place. That eclipsed the previous mark of 63,802 set by Irish rock band U2 in 2009.
For a portion of the concert, Sheeran was seen wearing a number 29 Lions home jersey with the title of his latest album, Autumn Variations, across the back. The native of Framlingham, England has worn local jerseys at stadium stops throughout his North American tour.
BC Place is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and has played host to the Lions for the entirety of its existence. The highest attendance for a football game in the stadium’s history came in 1986 when 59,621 fans watched Hamilton defeat Edmonton in the 74th Grey Cup.
Sheeran broke onto the international music scene in 2011 with his debut album Plus (+). He has gone on to be nominated for 16 Grammy awards, winning four. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide and is the most followed artist on Spotify, with over 114 million subscribers.
The support from an international superstar clearly had a trickle-down effect on the Lions, as they defeated the Alouettes by a score of 34-25 on Saturday night in Montreal.