A quarter-century of fame - Globe and Mail

Vancouver's B.C. Place, touted as the world's largest air-supported dome stadium, celebrates its 25th anniversary today with a B.C. Lions and Calgary Stampeders exhibition football game Dome dates June 19, 1983 B.C. Place opens its doors for the first time for a Vancouver Whitecaps soccer game. August, 1983 David Bowie performs at the stadium and turns his change room into a sushi bar. Sept. 18, 1984 Pope John Paul II visits Canada and greets followers at B.C. Place. May 2, 1986 Princess Diana and Prince Charles open Expo '86 with a speech in the stadium. Sept. 12, 1986 Rock group The Beach Boys play for Expo '86 and bring in a sandy beach and pool for their dressing room. 1989 Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson is discovered in the crowd at B.C. Place. Nov. 27, 1994 B.C. Lions win the Grey Cup in a game against the Baltimore Football Club, marking the twelfth time the finals have been held at the stadium. Dec. 31, 1996 The Three Tenors, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras and Luciano Pavarotti, perform for New Year's Eve in front of 50,000 fans. Jan. 5, 2007 A tear in the dome's Teflon roof causes it to deflate. Melted snow flooded into the collapsed roof and had to be pumped out. No one was injured. 2010 B.C. Place will host the opening and closing ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympics.