BC Place is located at 777 Pacific Blvd., Vancouver.
For more than three decades, BC Place has been a centerpiece for the City of Vancouver. Originally erected as the world’s largest air-supported stadium in 1983, the stadium was reinvented and modernized in 2011 as a year-round open-air facility with a cable-supported retractable roof – the biggest of its kind in the world.
BC Place is the current home of Vancouver Whitecaps FC but their history at BC Place began during the days of the North American Soccer League. The ‘Caps played the very first sporting event at the original stadium, beating arch-rivals Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 in front of a crowd of 60,342 on June 20, 1983. In total, the club played 41 matches at the old BC Place (including eight as the 86ers). The last such match was a friendly versus David Beckham and LA Galaxy on November 7, 2007, with 48,172 fans packing the stands.
Whitecaps FC are proud to play inside a truly world-class soccer facility in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
- Retractable Roof
The only venue of its kind in MLS, the stadium features 100m x 85m of blue-sky when open – the same size as the field area below. Each of the roof’s support masts is 47m tall. All together, the structure is like 18 suspension bridges, each around 200m long. To open the roof, the flexible Tenara fabric retracts into the centre of the opening where it’s hidden inside of a pod above the video board. The transformation takes just 20 minutes.
The pitch is Polytan Ligaturf 240 RS+ all-weather turf, which has recived a FIFA 2-star rating, designed to meet the highest standards, in each year since the stadium renovation. This field has previously been used at the training grounds for German club Bayern Munich, as well as stadiums such as: Borussia-Park in Mönchengladbach, Germany; Red Bull Arena in Salzburg, Austria and Estadio Nacional in Lima, Peru.
- Video Board
BC Place features a state-of-the-art four-sided centre-hung high definition video board. The screen is the largest in MLS and the second largest of its kind in North America – behind only the one at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The largest side is 68ft x 38ft, the same area as 450 42” flat screen TVs. The 100,000 pound unit may be raised or lowered depending on event or game requirements.
- Light Display
Those who gaze at the stadium will notice façade panels just above the concrete ring beam that creates an ETFE light display. This display shows a variety of colours and is customized for Whitecaps FC matches.
BC Place features modern seats, which include cupholders. Other premium areas include:
- Club Seats
1,300 premium club seats are available with two spacious club lounges on Level 3. These centre-field seats provide great sightlines along with cushions, as well as full food and beverage service and a dedicated stadium entrance.
- Pitchside Club Seats
The first three rows are moveable seating which bring fans right down to floor level, closer to the action. Fans in this area are treated to an exclusive lounge, as well as their own food concession.
50 suites are available in BC Place, ranging in capacity from 14 - 25 people.. There are also unique hospitality areas designed for groups of 50 - 200. A private suite entrance and concierge service are included, making for a comfortable experience while enjoying the match.
- Seating Capacity
The soccer-specific configuration at Whitecaps FC matches is 21,000, with a flexible draping system covering the upper bowl to create a more intimate and electric atmosphere.
There are four retail locations situated on the Level 2 concourse. Each of them open as gates open on match days.
The stadium is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, directly next to Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks. Though parking is available in the area, it is often limited during special events. Another way to get to the stadium is on public transportation via skytrain, bus, SeaBus or West Coast Express train.
Find more information at http://www.bcplacestadium.com/index.php/getting-here.html
For those fans who would like to ride their bike to the stadium, complimentary and secure parking is provided by The Bike Valet located outside the stadium next to gate F. For more details, visit thebicyclevalet.ca.
Accessing the stadium was made easier with the removal of airlocks and revolving doors during the 2011 renovation. There are eight high-traffic access ramps once inside, and you can find your way around with the help of distinct concourse colours to assist wayfinding. Reserved areas for people with disabilities are integrated into the main stadium seating and an alcohol-free family zone is located in sections 225-227.
For more information on BC Place, please visit bcplacestadium.com.
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