For the lucky fans in Burnaby, the Group B action is set to come thick and fast on Sunday 1 July. Jordan and Zambia break the ice earlier in the day, before ceding the spotlight to group favourites Spain and Uruguay. With both teams widely expected to progress to the next round, this match could well decide who makes it through in first place.
At first glance, the eye immediately turns to a potentially intriguing duel between Uruguay's Edinson Cavani, a gifted front-man from Serie A high-flyers Palermo, and Spain stalwart Gerard Pique, on loan at La Liga outfit Real Zaragoza from Premiership winners Manchester United. Both youngsters have garnered valuable top-flight experience in two of Europe's toughest leagues, and will be looking to bring their full talent to bear on Canadian soil.
The record books make much happier reading for La Furia Roja and their fans, as the sides' only meeting at this level ended in a 6-0 defeat for the Celeste at Portugal 1991.
"We've got to keep an eye on their entire team because any one of their players can score. We've got our strengths too though, and we're very excited about this World Cup. I can tell you we will all be doing our utmost to win every game." Edinson Cavani, Uruguay centre-forward.
"The first match is always very important, as it can put you in a good position to qualify for the last sixteen. We need to keep the usual opening-game nerves at bay, but I think that we're going to win. It will be my job to stop Cavani, who I know is playing really well at the moment. I'm just going to go out and there and do my job, like I always do." Gerard Pique, Spain central defender.
"It's going to be a very even game and we can't afford any mistakes. Above all else, we need to have plenty of respect for Uruguay. They are strong, tall and powerful in the air and they are going to make life very difficult for us. This is our most important match because a good result will virtually ensure our place in the last sixteen. " Gines Melendez, Spain coach.