The BC Lions are playing some exciting football this season, and on Saturday they’re going to introduce it to some new fans.
They may need to reintroduce themselves to their current fans, as they haven’t played a home game since July 7, but that’s another story.
The Lions are inviting 175 Syrian refugees to watch their game against Hamilton at BC Place, as guests of the club.
“Giving back to our community has long been the calling card of the BC Lions,” said Lions president and CEO Dennis Skulsky. “We have a great opportunity to bring an evening of new and uniquely Canadian experiences to the lives of people who have literally given all they have to come to Canada.”
Their guests will also get a chance to go on the field prior to the game, to help display a large Canadian flag during the national anthem.
Saturday’s game is also both wall of fame night and bobblehead night.
Jason Clermont and Cory Mantyka will be honoured, while linebacker Adam Bighill will have his likeness on a bobblehead for the first 5,000 fans.
The Lions (4-2) will play Hamilton (3-3) on Saturday, in an important game to keep pace in the West Division.