|21 500 (MLS capacity)|
|1300 (Business seats)|
|Clubs||Vancouver Whitecaps FC, BC Lions|
|Construction||04.1981 - 05.1983|
|Cost||126 mln CAD (1983), 563 mln CAD (2011)|
|Design||Stantec Architecture Ltd. (1983), Schleich, Bergermann und Partners (2011)|
|Contractor||PCL Westcoast Constructors Inc.|
|Address||777 Pacific Blvd, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4Y8, Canada|
Description: BC Place
The ground was built in 1981-83. First major international event came no sooner than a year after that, however, when pope John Paul II visited the packed-beyond-capacity venue. Then major ceremonies of 1986 Expo were also held here, just like numerous concerts and finally opening and closing ceremonies of 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.
After the latter event came the largest refurbishment of the ground during which the roof was replaced. Before 2010 it was the largest air-supported dome in the world. Afterwards it lost the title, but gained new ones. It’s the first retractable roof in North America supported on steel ropes, similar to these in several European stadia. The roof is bigger than in the European counterparts and so are giant screens hanging over the centre of the pitch. However, the most characteristic part are probably curtains that may be set between first and second tiers of seating for any event. They allow for the impression of a full ground even for events that gather only 21,000 spectators.
Canada: Scandal in Vancouver after BC Place cost inflation is revealed
When the budget got increased from $365 million to $563 million in 2011, numerous negative comments were made regarding careless public spending. But only now it has been revealed that initially the price tag on BC Place revamp was to be within $100 million.
Canada: Fireworks damaged roof of BC Place?
Forbidden during football games, pyrotechnics at concerts are used quite commonly. And comfortably enough to be approved even in a completely covered arena like BC Place. But after they’ve hit the roof during Paul McCartney’s concert, some elements may need replacement.