A massive street party erupted in Vancouver after the hometown team, the Canucks, won a Stanley Cup Finals game over the Boston Bruins. Up to 100,000 fans watched the Canucks’ 1-0 win in downtown Vancouver.
I was lucky enough to join them!
As a native New Yorker, I grew up going to Mets baseball games and hockey was not on my radar. I was impressed by the passion and politeness of these Vancouver Canucks fans. I can’t imagine this many intoxicated people gathering in NYC without starting a riot!
Several streets were closed off to traffic and outfitted with jumbo TV screens. At one point, a TV screen flickered and went black, drawing loud boos and a sense of panic in the audience. Fortunately, the feed was immediately restored.
The entire city was swept up in Canucks fever; even the posh Four Seasons created a tribute to the local team.
Nearly every person watching the Vancouver Canucks game wore a blue and green jersey, and many painted their bodies with the team colors.
The average age of the Canucks fan hovered around 20, and spirits were high!
The teens in the crowd showed the most creativity with their outfits. Booty shorts were a popular look for the girls.
Canucks fans scaled trees, doorways and any high surface to get a batter look at the TV screens.
The crowd was incredibly diverse. Even small children cheered on the hometown team, which is now up 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Canadians showed off their creativity with homemade Stanley Cup statues. Several fans trudged the cups through crowded streets.
“Green Man” made multiple appearances at the Canucks street party, and a blue version of the full-body stocking was also spotted.
Even the police were moved by the Canucks victory. A line of officers high-fived fans after the 1-0 win.
I couldn’t have visited Vancouver at a better time! The streets were buzzing with positive vibes. This was the perfect way to cap off my first day in the city, which I visited for the TBEX blogging conference.
I owe a special thanks to Vancouver native Cam of the Traveling Canucks, who told me about the street party when I first arrived in town.
What a great first impression of the city!