More than 45,000 tickets sold for B.C. Lions’ home opener featuring 50 Cent

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The B.C. Lions are anticipating their largest crowd in more than a decade when they open their 2024 home schedule.

The team announced on Friday that more than 45,000 tickets have been sold for the home opener on Saturday, June 15. The entire upper bowl has now been opened for the game against the Calgary Stampeders, which will feature a pre-game concert from rap icon 50 Cent.

The Lions average attendance in 2023 was 23,208, a 13.8 percent increase over 2022.

“Outstanding. Our great fans have spoken. Concert Kickoff will be an unforgettable event and the perfect way to kick off our special 70th season. We encourage fans without tickets to act quickly,” Lions’ president Duane Vienneau said in a statement.

The Lions have had tremendous success with their Concert Kickoff series in recent years. The team drew 34,082 for the home opener in 2022 when OneRepublic performed and 33,103 last year to see LL Cool J.

This year’s game is on track to be the largest crowd for a Lions’ regular-season game since September 30, 2011, when they opened the newly refurbished BC Place with a victory over Edmonton in front of 50,213 spectators. The team finished that year with a Grey Cup victory at home over Winnipeg, a game which drew 54,313 people.

The 111th Grey Cup is slated to be played in Vancouver on November 17, 2024. Tickets go on sale early next week.