Saturday, May 17, 2008

Upgrades to BC Place Stadium

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the nightly Victory Ceremonies presentations and the Opening Ceremony for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games will be held in the 60,000-seat BC Place Stadium. The Olympic venue is located on the north side of False Creek in the heart of Vancouver. This will be the first time in Olympic Games history that the Olympic Ceremonies will be staged in the comfort of an indoor venue. The enclosed venue offers many advantages in addition to protection from winter weather, including an unprecedented opportunity to stretch the boundaries of ceremonies’ spectacle using state-of-the-art lighting, projection, sound and special effects technology (in addition to the in-stadium spectators, an estimated three billion television viewers are expected to watch the Opening Ceremony on February 12).
Upgrades to BC Place Stadium will occur in two phases. Renovations to suites, seating, washrooms and concession stands, and enhancement of the existing roof liner will occur before the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. A new retractable roof will be put in place after the 2010 Games.
The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) welcomed the Province of British Columbia’s decision to upgrade BC Place Stadium facilities before the 2010 Winter Games, and to move ahead with a retractable roof, in the facility’s life beyond the Games. The announced pre-Games upgrades will ensure the facility is in top form in time for the 2010 Winter Games. VANOC’s financial contribution towards the stadium upgrades will be used in large part to upgrade access for people with disabilities.
John Furlong, VANOC's Chief Executive Officer said: "We're fine with it and I think that the decision is the right one (...) We will have the stadium in the best form it can be in. It will be more comfortable, it will be more accessible. I think everything will be upgraded".
BC Place Stadium is owned and operated by PavCo (BC Pavilion Corporation), a Crown Corporation of the government in the Province of British Columbia.