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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The soccer-specific configuration at Whitecaps FC matches is 22,120, with a flexible draping system covering the upper bowl to create a more intimate and electric atmosphere.
There are six retail locations situated on the Level 2 concourse. Each of them open as gates open on match days.
Transportation and Accessibility
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.
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 E. 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.