BC Place Stadium Turns 25 Years Old

One of the iconic figures in Vancouver’s skyline has been our beloved stadium BC Place. This year marks the 25th anniversary since it first opened its doors back in 1983 (I was 3 and living in Victoria then) for EXPO ‘86. One of the most unique things about BC Place is that is has the largest air-supported dome which some people might remember last year is was torn in the wind storm which also caused other devastation around Metro Vancouver (such as Stanley Park).

BC Place 25 years Ago – Courtesy of www.bcplacestadium.com

What fond memories do you have of BC Place?

That is if you have been there. For me it might be a couple of events; I went to BC Place and saw back to back MLB (Major League Baseball) games, in elementary school I went to a Winter Festival (sort of like a carnival for kids) that was pretty fun, I’ve seen the BC Lions play multiple times and I might have been to a Grey Cup. It is totally possible, I would have been pretty young but I do remember the insane amount of people getting to the Stadium Skytrain station after a game though it could of been a conference final. I also thought it was pretty cool that my brother played soccer at BC Place too. What about you?

BC Place Today – Courtesy of www.bcplacestadium.com

For the 2010 Olympics here in Vancouver, BC Place will be host to the Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as the Medal Ceremonies.

BC Place will also be receiving a new retractable roof though that isn’t due to be completed until after the 2010 Olympics. Though some people believe they should knock the aging stadium down and erect a new one in its place. Currently BC Place supports over 60,000 seats where as General Motors (GM) Place next door which can hold roughly 18,400 seats.

Who knows what the future has in store for BC Place. HAPPY 25th BIRTHDAY BC PLACE, hope you have many more!

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  • Genesis Bible
    Jun 19, 2008 @ 18:02:22

    wow, 25 years ! i have been there only once , i saw a lions game as well

  • Tyler Ingram
    Jun 23, 2008 @ 09:35:58

    The roof upgrade will make it look better, it does look a bit old now especially the inside.