March 25, 2016 10:31 am
Updated: March 25, 2016 10:55 pm

Tonight’s Canada-Mexico qualifier at BC Place to set attendance record

WATCH: Thousands of soccer fans are at B.C. Place to watch Team Canada take on Mexico in the FIFA World Cup qualifier. But as Nadia Stewart reports, despite who wins the game, the city of Vancouver wins, too.

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VANCOUVER – Canada Soccer will set an attendance record when the men’s national team meets Mexico tonight in a crucial World Cup qualifier.

The current record was set in June 2015, when the women’s team lost to England in the World Cup quarter-finals before 54,027 at BC Place.

But there are no tickets available at the 55,000-seat stadium for tonight’s game, which will be played with the roof open.

BC Place officials are encouraging fans to show up early for the game, and extra security is also in place.

READ MORE: BC Place becoming hub for international sporting events

Mexico, ranked 22nd in the world by FIFA, sits first in Pool A in the penultimate round of CONCACAF qualifying with six points from two matches. No. 87 Canada is second with four points, ahead of No. 99 El Salvador (one point) and No. 89 Honduras (no points).

Canada plays in Mexico on Tuesday.

The Canadians will visit Honduras and host El Salvador later this year, with the top two teams in the group advancing to the final stage of qualifying.

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