Should Vancouver bars open early to show Blue Jays games?

Dec 19 2017, 5:52 pm

They may be Canada’s team, but the Toronto Blue Jays‘ first trip to the postseason in more than two decades is shaping up to be something of a non-event here in Vancouver.

Though today’s lunchtime encounter (12:30 p.m. PST), the first in their five-game series against Texas Rangers, will be shown, many local sports bars will not be opening their doors on Friday when comeback kid Marcus Stroman throws out the first pitch of Game 2 at 9:30 a.m. (PDT). Even the usual sporting bar suspects like Library Square Public House and The Lamplighter have chosen not to open early.

It’s fair enough, when you consider things like staffing costs and liquor licenses. Indeed these are the same kind of considerations that had to be taken into account when past Olympics Games events – like last year’s Gold Medal game from Sochi – were scheduled to be televised at some un-godly hour.

There is hope however for those of you who are desperate to watch the ballgame with your fellow fans. There are a few establishments that have said they will open early for the morning game. Stadium District’s Boston Pizza, Davie Street’s Score on Davie, East Hastings’ What’s Up? Hot Dog!, The Pint, and Malone’s on West Pender will all be open for the game.

Do you think that more Vancouver bars should be showing the Blue Jays game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.