Matt Baker, Manager of Communications and Content
Office: (604) 930-5939, Cell: (778) 873-7605 or email@example.com
10605 – City Parkway, Surrey BC, V3T 4C8
Carolyn Cody, Director of Business Operations and Marketing
Office: (604) 634-1183, Cell: (778) 871-5696 or firstname.lastname@example.org
10605 – City Parkway, Surrey BC, V3T 4C8
The 2023 media accreditation process will open in April 2024. Those interested in applying are encouraged to check back then for information.
Final updates to the CFL’s 2024 Media policy are still being worked on. See below for accreditation policies and planned routines for daily media availabilities in 2024.
Media access to BC Lions games will be issued before the start of the season to all major local media outlets and individuals who regularly cover the club. Members of the media who have not received season passes can apply on a game-by-game basis by contacting the communications staff at least five days before game day.
Credentials are issued to individuals and are not transferable. Credentials are to be used for the purpose for which they are issued, with no exceptions. Failure to comply with this policy will result in ejection from BC Place and a ban on future access to Lions home games.
Note: The BC Lions Football Club grants priority to photographers who work for accredited news outlets. Requests from freelance photographers are handled on a case-by-case basis. All image requests can be forwarded to the coordinates above. Sideline line photo access will be given priority to Lions’ team photographers and those hired by the CFL. Any outlet seeking access to team photos can do so by contacting the above communications contacts.
PICK-UP – Single game media credentials can be picked up at either reception at the BC Lions Practice Facility- 10605 City Parkway, Surrey- or at the BC Place WILL CALL booth on game day, located at Gate H at Terry Fox Plaza. Accessible off of Beatty and Robson St.
Credential requests will not be accepted on game day.
The media box at BC Place is located on Level 2 and is accessible from the NEW media access at Gate H.
Game Notes: Game notes, rosters, media guides, weekly statistics, and game day programs will be sent via email the day before each home game
Statistics: Individual and team statistics will be updated at halftime and post-game. Updated play-by-play reports will be provided after each quarter. Half-time statistics are distributed early in the third quarter, while final statistics are distributed approximately 15-20 minutes following a game. Final statistical packages will also be provided in the media box following each game.
Meals: game day press box meals will return in 2024 on an individual basis only. Applicants must specify in the form if they will require an individual meal and list any possible dietary restrictions.
Post-Game Media Availability: Head coach Rick Campbell, the quarterback of record and one additional prominent player will be brought to the post-game interview room located at field level across from the home locker room approx. 15 minutes after the game’s conclusion. Following availability in the interview room, the Lions’ locker room will be open for additional interview opportunities. Requests for players not being brought to the interview room are encouraged before the start of media availability All requests for post-game 1-on-1s will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
Photographers: those accredited to take photos on game day are required to wear a grey CFL bib available for pickup in the east end zone. This location also serves as a workspace with tables and chairs available.
DAILY PRACTICE AVAILABILITY AND ‘DAY BEFORE’ MEDIA CONFERENCE
A mixture of head coach, players, coordinators and assistant coaches will be made available at the club’s practice facility following practice daily. Media attending practices must submit their requests to the communications department no later than 30 minutes before the end of practice. A detailed, daily practice and media schedule can be accessed here.
Requests for locker room access will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Should any post-practice media availability be impacted by inclement weather, head coach Rick Campbell and any players requested will be made available in the club’s upstairs media room.
Day-Before visiting team media availability
The visiting club will conduct availability with select players and the head coach at either their hotel or BC Place should they be conducting a day before walkthrough practice. Best efforts will be made for this to coincide with the BC Lions team timing, making it shortly after their availability.
GAME DAY ACCESS
Entrance to the stadium will take place through the assigned entry at GATE H and will be permitted 75 minutes before kick-off. Media will be responsible for completing the daily self-screening symptoms check and will have their temperature taken upon entry to the stadium.
FACILITY ARRIVAL & PRACTICE ACCESS
For photographers and camera personnel, video and photos must be taken from a designated area. Video and photography can only be taken during designated times at practice.