If you like professional sports, then this is one of Vancouver’s best places to visit at game time.
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BC Place Stadium
BC Place Stadium is in downtown Vancouver at 777 Pacific Boulevard. It can be accessed from Pacific Boulevard, but also from Beatty Street near Georgia and Robson. The stadium is also around a five-minute walk from Rogers Arena, the home of the Vancouver Canucks.
Built for the Expo 86 world’s fair, BC Place is an impressive building with a capacity of about 54,500 people. Significantly renovated a decade ago, the stadium hosted the 2010 Olympics (including for the opening and closing ceremonies for the games). In 2015, BC Place hosted nine matches in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Soccer Tournament, including the final.
The stadium is divided into multiple levels with a lower bowl and an upper bowl. Both levels have concourses that wrap all around the stadium. The lower bowl has a capacity of up to around 28,000 people. For some sporting events, only the lower bowl is open.
The stadium has a retractable roof, which makes it nice on warm sunny days. The venue is also home to the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The museum is of interest to sports enthusiasts.
2021 Re-opening and New Changes
After nearly a year and half with no big sporting events, BC Place re-open to the public once again for major events in August 2021. In order to comply with health and safety guidelines in times of COVID, the stadium has adopted some new policies. The main goal is to limit as much interpersonal contact as possible.
New procedures include a 100% mobile ticketing system and completely cashless transactions. If you want to buy something within the stadium you need either card or mobile payment, or to purchase what is fundamentally a BC Place gift card which is then used at their concessions.
Because the stadium doesn’t want security searching through bags at the entrances, there is a new bag policy as well. The only types of bags allowed in are small purses (with a maximum size of 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches) or clear bags. All items that don’t fall into these categories must be held in a bag check while you’re inside the stadium.
BC Place has been newly certified by the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, an American company that specializes in helping facilities deal with potential infectious diseases. BC Place was the first Canadian stadium to receive the GBAC STAR accreditation. This means that the new policies put in place are strong and should help limit the spread of COVID.
While other sporting events are held in the stadium, BC Place has two main tenants. They are two of the three most popular sports teams in Vancouver, with the other being the Vancouver Canucks who play in Rogers Arena next door.
- BC Lions Football – Vancouver’s CFL football team plays home games at BC Place from June until November.
- Vancouver Whitecaps – Vancouver’s premier professional soccer team. Their schedule runs from spring until fall.
BC Place Events Schedule
Many of Vancouver’s biggest and most impressive events take place at BC Place Stadium (though the pandemic has led to many cancellations). Below is a list of events that are scheduled to take place in 2022. (Note: Dates and other details are subject to change.)
BC Place Events in Spring
- April 2nd, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps host Sporting Kansas City at 5:00 pm.
- April 9th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps play rivals Portland Timbers at 7:00 pm.
- April 16th and 17th – the Canada Sevens Rugby tournament takes place.
- May 8th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps play against Toronto FC at 1:00 pm.
- May 14th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps host San Jose Earthquakes at 4:00 pm.
- May 18th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps play FC Dallas at 7:00 pm.
BC Place Events in Summer
- June 4th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps play Real Salt Lake at 4:00 pm.
- June 11th, 2022 – the BC Lions play their home opener against Edmonton Elks at 7:00 pm.
- June 25th, 2022 – the BC Lions play Toronto Argonauts at 7:00 pm.
- June 26th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps host New England Revolution at 5:00 pm.
- July 2nd, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps take on LAFC at 7:00 pm.
- July 8th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps play Minnesota United at 7:30 pm.
- July 9th, 2022 – the BC Lions host Winnipeg Blue Bombers at 4:00 pm.
- July 21, 2022 – the BC Lions play Hamilton Tiger-Cats at 7:00 pm.
- July 23rd, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps play Chicago Fire at 7:00 pm.
- August 5th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps take on Houston Dynamo at 7:30 pm.
- August 6th, 2022 – the BC Lions play Edmonton Elks at 7:00 pm.
- August 17th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps host Colorado Rapids at 7:00 pm.
- August 26th, 2022 – the BC Lions take on Saskatchewan Roughriders at 7:30 pm.
- August 27th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps play Nashville SC at 7:00 pm.
BC Place Events in Autumn
- September 2nd, 2022 – Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe: The Stadium Tour comes to Vancouver.
- September 14th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps host LA Galaxy at 7:00 pm.
- September 17th, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps play rivals Seattle Sounders at 7:00 pm.
- September 24th, 2022 – the BC Lions host Calgary Stampeders at 7:00 pm.
- September 30th, 2022 – the BC Lions play Ottawa Redblacks at 7:30 pm.
- October 1st, 2022 – the Vancouver Whitecaps take on Austin FC at 7:00 pm.
- October 15th, 2022 – the BC Lions play Winnipeg Blue Bombers at 7:00 pm.
- October 21st, 2022 – Elton John: Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour comes to Vancouver.
History of BC Place
With construction beginning in 1980, the stadium opened to the public in 1983. At the time of opening, the stadium’s roof was inflated by an air pump. This made its dome the biggest air-supported one in the world.
The stadium successfully hosted the opening ceremony of Expo 86. As the years went on, it became clear that the roof had issues. In both 1996 and 2007, snowstorms damaged it and forced significant repairs. The original roof’s last time in the spotlight was when the stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2010 Olympics.
A few months after the Olympic Games the roof was deflated, and in 2011, the stadium reopened with a new retractable roof made of steel. The new roof can be opened or closed in around 20 minutes. It’s now the largest steel retractable roof in the world.
The stadium has a 35-foot tall bank of LED lights that wraps all the way around the stadium. The place lights up every night with different colours. To the present day, BC Place continues to be the site used for all the biggest sporting events and concerts in the city.
For more information about events and performances at the stadium see the BC Place Stadium website.
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