Tonight’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier match at B.C. Place Stadium between Canada and Honduras is not affected by Friday evening’s Paris terror attacks.
Local officials in Paris have confirmed that at least 140 people are dead in a highly synchronized terror attack at multiple locations in central Paris. This includes two suicide bombings outside Stade de France – where a Euro 2016 warm-up soccer match between France and Germany was being held.
“We are shocked and saddened to hear of the news coming out of Paris this evening,” Duncan Blomfield, a spokesperson for B.C. Place, told Vancity Buzz in a statement. “The safety and security of our guests and those working at BC Place is always our number one priority.”
“Given the situation developing in Paris, BC Place is in contact with local authorities. As per stadium policy, all bags are subject to search prior to entering the stadium and guests are subject to pat down searches for event entry. Due to the potential for increased safety procedures we strongly recommend early arrival to tonight’s match. We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of our guests.”
Vancouver Police have also added that there is no reason to believe there is a security threat to the city.
“There is nothing at this time suggesting there would be any connection to Vancouver or cause for concern here,” VPD Constable Brian Montague told Vancity Buzz.
The match between the men’s national teams of Canada and Honduras is set to begin at 7 p.m. PST and will be televised live on TSN.