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Another BC Place Construction Update

Monday, February 7th, 2011 — 1:05pm PDT
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Last August, after the iconic marshmallow-like dome of BC Place was deflated and removed, I posted a construction update. Now that all of the masts for the new roof at the stadium are in place, BC Pavilion Corporation (PavCo) announced today that they expect the project to be complete by September 30th, 2011. Here’s a look at the progress so far:

BC Place dome-4
May 2009 – Photo credit: Ariane Colenbrander on Flickr
down to 20 feet above the floor level I hear
Photo credit: Bev Davies on Flickr
BC Place Stadium construction update
Photo © BC Place
BC Place under construction for a new retractable roof
Photo credit: Eyesplash on Flickr
BC Place
Photo credit: popjon2on Flickr
Granville Island Works Tour - Aquabus
January 2011

The stadium, with its new retractable cloth roof, is set to be open for the BC Lions’ upcoming season and will host the 2011 Grey Cup. Other recent news includes the new Terry Fox Memorial design for the Robson plaza and the announcement that Budweiser will be the official beer partner of the BC Lions, Whitecaps FC and BC Place.

Since it is such a prominent piece of Vancouver’s landscape, featured on everything from coffee mugs to postcards, I thought I would check in to see what the public reaction is so far.

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  1. Curtis says:

    Very excited. It will be massive! Vancouver’s skyline is going to look completely different 🙂

  2. Steve Rio says:

    I think the new stadium spires are insanely large, and the new skyline from False Creek is going to be permanently scarred. Seriously want to know who thought that giant *lit* spires as tall as the surrounding buildings was a good idea. sigh. JMHO

  3. Darren says:

    My friend rightfully pointed out that the stadium currently looks like it belongs in Mordor. Is that a good or a bad thing? I’m not sure.

  4. fotoeins says:

    After watching the 1983 opening of BC Place Stadium in my “backyard” on the other side of the viaduct, I’m excited to see the new changes and rejuvenation of the ol’ venue.

  5. Erin says:

    I think it looks we’ve had a UFO landing in downtown Vancouver. We certainly could have approached diversifying our skyline in a more attractive manner. I see this new BC Place roof on a daily basis, and it is hideous.

  6. lindawwww says:

    The stadium could have been re-roofed with a less expensive option. What a waste of money – a retractable roof in a climate that has day after day of rain.

  7. LL says:

    Hate the design, it’s so ugly, especially I live right next door. I have to see this huge spider flipped up-side-down every day. They could have done a different retractable roof with a better design, there are domes done like that with retractable roof looking like the old BC place… But this one is just ugly. sorry.

  8. Justin says:

    What a nightmare for the suckers who bought condos next to this monstrosity . I feel sorry for them.

  9. Mona says:

    This ugly design is a crime against the city! Seriously, what are those people thinking??!!

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