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BC Place Tidbits & BC Lions Giveaway

Monday, June 18th, 2012 — 4:44pm PDT
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BC Place has been an icon in Vancouver since it first opened in June of 1983. It’s featured on post cards, posters, banners, and almost every image that depicts our city.

Monday Night Lights
Photo credit: Basedigital Images on Flickr – Submitted to the Miss604 Flickr Pool.

Home to the 2011 Grey Cup Champion BC Lions and Vancouver’s WhitecapsFC MLS team, BC Place also hosts expos, trade shows, and other events throughout the year. For 2012 they already have 250 occupancy days booked.

The stadium underwent renovations after the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and re-opened last fall. Aside from the roof replacement, seismic upgrades were performed, suites were re-modeled, seats were swapped out, and many of the grey cement walls were transformed into large multi-storey windows.

I’ve spent more time at BC Place in the last few months that I have at any other point in my life since we became WhitecapsFC season ticket holders. ‘Fresh air’ and ‘light’ are now words you can associate with the stadium.

BC Place Pre-Game Tour BC Place Pre-Game Tour

I took a quick tour last week prior to the first BC Lions exhibition game of the season. Graham Ramsay, Director of Sales and Marketing, fielded my questions that mostly stemmed from overheard conversations at games.

Why this colour pattern on the seats?
You’ll notice there doesn’t appear to be a discernible pattern to the grey, orange, and red seats placed around the stadium. Ramsay said that the developer quite simply showed them 6 different computer-generated layout patterns for the seats, then they chose one that looked good and went with it. They wanted to avoid big blocks of blue (from the previous seats) that you would see in the old BC Place configuration.

BC Place Pre-Game Tour

Can you close the roof if it starts raining during a game?
The roof can be closed at any time however, Ramsay said that’s something they can’t do in the middle of a match as it could effect game play (wind direction and other conditions). It takes about 20 minutes for the roof to fully open or close.

PlayDome @ BC Place
Play Dome at BC Place. Photo credit: John Biehler on Flickr

How long does it take to go from a Whitecaps to BC Lions setup?
Removing the banners from seats, opening up the top level, cleaning the lines off the field, adding in the goal posts — all of that takes about 48 hours to complete. For special events, the field gets covered in over 1200 sheets of Terracover material.

BC Place Pre-Game Tour BC Place Pre-Game Tour

Something new that’s been introduced to BC Place this season is a wider selection of food options. From a Vij’s stand and Steveston Fish & Chips, to ‘Southsliders’ pulled pork mini burgers.

BC Place Pre-Game Tour

I also got a taste of what you can find in the Edgewater Lounge, near the club section and suites. There I met Executive Chef Ryan Stone who demonstrated the “hot potato bar” — think Marble Slab or Coldstone Creamery for ice cream but on a hot marble slab and with mashed potato. Guests can choose their toppings like braised short rib, chicken, bacon, onions, gravy, and cheese curds.

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Lost and Found, where do the items go?
Any items not claimed from lost and found at BC Place after a 2-month period are sent to the Development Disability Association, a charity supported by BC Place.

BC Place Pre-Game Tour

If you would like to check out BC Place for yourself, whether you’ve seen the results of the renovation already or not, I have 2 tickets available for the BC Lions season opener against Winnipeg on June 29th. Here’s how you can enter to win them:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries on Sunday, June 24, 2012 at 11:00pm. Update The winner is ag.!

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  1. Aaron B. says:

    Would love to catch this game!

  2. Rick says:


  3. Steve says:

    Havent seen the new BC Place inside. Cool article!!

  4. Michael Hayes says:

    Love the new look would live even more to see it in person.

  5. I’ve never been to a BC Lions game before. I’d love to go to the opener!

  6. heather says:


  7. Sylvia says:

    Would love to win these for my brother!

  8. Ashley Chow says:


  9. Harjit says:

    Would luv to surprise my hubs with tix

  10. Brandon says:

    Go lions go!

  11. Amanda says:

    Season Opener! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Michael Kwan says:

    I went to the open house, but I haven’t been to the “new” BC Place for a game yet.

  13. Sylvia Y says:

    Sounds like a great time!

  14. Megan says:

    I have only ever been to one game, and that was probably 20 years ago. Would love to go to the home opener at BC Place!

  15. Bonnie says:

    Roar, Lions, roar!

  16. S. Kavita says:

    Go Lions! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Nancy says:

    I’d love to go!

  18. Kevin Robertson says:

    I want to go to the game!

  19. bc says:

    Go Lions!!

  20. Glenda says:

    would love to see my first Lions game live!

  21. Jeff says:

    I would really love to win this. I haven;t had a chance to see the new BC Place yet.

  22. Sharon says:

    Roar, you Lions, roar!

  23. Chris says:

    Go Lions! Repeat Grey Cup!

  24. Erica says:

    Never been to lions’ game before… wants to see the new BC place and feel the strong vibe from the fans and audience ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Andy says:

    I’d love to be there to see the Lions repeat their victory over the Bombers, on their way to a Grey Cup repeat! Go Lions!

  26. Stephanie says:

    Would love to go to this game!

  27. Ray says:

    I feel another Grey Cup coming on!

  28. Samuel Ma says:

    Would love to go see my first Lions game LIVE ! Please pick me

  29. Chelle says:

    I’m so happy you explained about the seat pattern–we’d been wondering what or if there was a reason for it!

  30. Dennis Sato says:

    My son loves the Lions! Yay ticket contest!

  31. Paula H says:

    Would love to cheer for the Lions and finally check out BC Place!

  32. Bernadette says:

    love the lions ๐Ÿ™‚ just hope the little overlooked details from when the stadium reopened are finally fixed.

  33. Claudine says:

    My friend raves about your site…I finally decide to check it out and I can see what she’s talking about now ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Faye McC says:

    Thanks for the virtual tour! It would be awesome if I won the tickets to the BC Lions’ season opener!

  35. David says:

    haven’t been to a Lion’s game before. Would love to go!

  36. Lisa says:

    Would love to have a chance to bring my daughter to a game!

  37. Leah says:

    haven’t been to bc place since it has been renovated. I’d love to go!

  38. Vince says:

    Haven’t seen the new BC place – would be nice to change that!

  39. Greg says:

    I want to bring my son!

  40. Deidre says:

    This would be fun! Ah, but which family memebr to take….!

  41. Michelle W. says:

    Still haven’t been to a game at the new BC Place!

  42. Paola says:

    OMG I want them please, pretty please. ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. Shayne says:

    Nice recap of your tour, the stadium was definitely revitalized for the better!

  44. Jason says:

    Wow I haven’t been to a game since 2000. How sad is that? Would love to go cheer our boys on.

  45. Gamal says:

    Would love to win these tix to see the Lions play against my hometown Winnipeg!!!

  46. Natalie says:

    I would love to win these for my husband!!

  47. Breanne says:

    Let’s Go Lions!!!

  48. Kat says:

    I’ve never been to a Lions game. Would love to go!

  49. Megan says:

    I’m a huge CFL fan!! Please enter me in the contest ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

  50. Mike says:

    Season Opener would be sweet! C’mon tickets!

  51. I’d love to be at this game and see Geroy Simon get the yardage he needs!

  52. Pedro says:

    Stadium looks great!!

  53. Leah says:

    Can’t wait for the season to start! GO LIONS!

  54. Michael says:

    The Lions bring out the best in us — especially in the stand they’re taking to end violence against women. RESPECT Lions!

  55. Art B. says:

    Wow, it looks like a whole new stadium…can’t wait to watch a game there!

  56. Candice says:

    Love it when they make those baskets … (kidding!!)

  57. Darcy says:

    I’d love to see the new stadium and support our BC Lions at the home opener!

  58. Bekki says:

    I haven’t been to a BC Lions game in years! Would love to go…

  59. Was at BC Place recently for EAT! Vancouver. It was fantastic! The new roof is gorgeous from inside. Took quite a few photos of it while there!

  60. Cameron says:

    I still haven’t made it along to a BC Lions game. Would love to get to the opener!

  61. Puck says:

    I got invited to the regular season ender last year. My first Lions game! I would like to go again ๐Ÿ™‚

  62. Mike v says:

    B.C. PLACE is great! The seats are spacious and comfy. The perfect place to see a game.

  63. jeanie says:

    be so exciting to catch the Lions opener! =D

  64. Chista says:

    Haven’t been inside the renovated stadium! Go lions!

  65. Masumi says:

    Would be a fun way to kick off the long weekend!

  66. Nicole says:

    Sign me up!

  67. CF says:

    Would love to go ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. David D. says:

    Yes please! ๐Ÿ™‚

  69. Mike T says:

    I love BC Place and the BC Lions! I want to go!

  70. Michelle G says:


  71. Richard says:

    I’d love to go, might take my brother!

  72. Josh nicolas says:

    Pick me!

  73. au07 says:

    RRROOOOOOOAAAAAARRRRRRR! โ™ฅโ™ฅโ™ฅ u Travis Lulay!

  74. Zarquon says:

    C’mon and roar you Lions roar
    Thats what a Lions roar is for
    From the mountains to the sea
    You are the pride of all BC

    RAH RAH!

    So buckle down and play the game
    You’ll lead us on to football fame

    We love the L
    The I The O, N, S

    C’mon and roar you Lions
    Roar you Lions Roar you Lions roar


  75. Emery says:


  76. Sanaz says:

    I’ve never been to a football game so would love to check this out!

  77. Gigi says:

    Would love a chance to see the new place and see my first ever football game!

  78. liz says:

    Roar you LIONS ROAR!!!Love the BC LIONS !

  79. Amy says:

    Lulayyy roar you lions roar

  80. Jeanie says:


  81. Gary says:

    We’ve got a legend in Geroy Simon, an absolute beast of an athlete!

  82. Nikki says:

    I need a good excuse to buy & rock an orange wig!

  83. Nicole J says:

    Would love to watch my first ever football game.. Live!

  84. CG says:

    Love those popcorn buckets with a spoon!!

  85. tania says:

    That would be a blast!

  86. rino says:

    I would love to go to a game!

  87. Lindsay says:

    The hubby would love this! And I would love the vij’s food stand! MMM.

  88. Melissa says:

    Never been to a lions game before. Would love to go!

  89. Ceci says:

    Awesome, I’d love to go to a BC Lions game!

  90. Would love to bring my wife to a football game!

  91. GARY says:

    BC Place is beautiful now would love to go

  92. Katy says:

    Now that I am a BC transplant I should go to a game, if only to see BC Place which looks like a wonderful building. Go Argo… oops. Go LIONS!

  93. Dilara says:

    Would love the chance to catch a Lions game!

  94. Julie says:

    I’ll take my boy!

  95. Peter says:

    Win !!!!!!!

  96. Peter says:

    Win More !!!!!

  97. Angela griffin says:

    Great contest!

  98. Mike Gismondi says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  99. Alex says:

    Go Lions!

  100. Bev says:

    BC Lions?! Yes, please!

  101. Jenn S says:

    My brother would be so envious if I won.

  102. Andrea says:

    Go, Lions, Go!

  103. Tina says:

    Would love a chance to check out the stadium.

  104. Teresa says:

    I would love to go.

  105. Elisa says:

    I’ve never seen a lions game nor have I been to the new BC Place. Thanks!

  106. Debra says:

    I can hardly wait for another Grey Cup winning season to start!

  107. Kelly says:

    Haven’t been to a lions game since two years ago. Would love to win!

  108. Lyndsay says:

    Being (somewhat) new to Vancouver, I’ve never been to BC Place! Keeping my fingers crossed, this would be a great “kick-off” to summer!

  109. Bernadette says:

    I’m a huge Lions fan…I loved it when they played at Empire Stadium last year definitely brought back the nostalgic feel of watching games in the great outdoors and enjoying the sunshine. But definitely would love to check out the new and wonderful building and the Lions first game! Definitely ready to lose my voice! GO LIONS GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. taylor loren says:

    go lions go!!!!

  111. chrissy says:

    sounds like fun!

  112. Rebecca says:

    Go Lions! ๐Ÿ™‚

  113. Mary Rose says:

    I’ve never been it would be awesome to go!!

  114. monique Naicker says:

    Thanks for the chance miss 604.

  115. Tony says:

    I would love to see the Lions play.

  116. Taylyr says:

    Looks really neat!

  117. richard w says:


  118. ag. says:

    Great photos! I was lucky enough to see the new stadium for the first time at the Grey Cup! And I’d love a chance to go back!

  119. Julia says:

    I would love to take my dad to this!

  120. Mae says:

    I’d love to catch a game at the revamped BC Place and see how the atmo compares to a game at Empire.

  121. DAD says:

    I’ve not yet had a chance to check out the new BC Place, and what better way that to watch the mighty Lions roar!

  122. Cyndi says:

    Go lions Go! Repeat!

  123. Anna says:

    Would love to see the new BC place, and the lions go for another cup!

  124. James K says:

    Lions Roar! Gonna take it all this year

  125. Kim says:

    Go Lions!!!

  126. Lor. says:

    I’d love to introduce my step daughter to football and the BC Lions

  127. Moshe says:

    Lions game would be fun!

  128. shannon says:

    I would love to take my dad to this game!!

  129. Michelle says:

    Love the Lions. Love the vibe and buzz of being at a live game.

  130. howie says:

    its a great stadium for football. go lions repeat

  131. Karen says:

    Roar you Lions ROAR!!!!

  132. Aaron says:

    Gotta Support the Home Team!!

  133. Ken says:

    I absolutely love the stadium….money well spent.

  134. Marianne says:

    I would love to Geroy, get the most catches!! Go Lions Go!!

  135. Christina says:

    Would love to take my boyfriend to the Lions Game… even if I don’t win, I’ll be purchasing tickets ๐Ÿ™‚
    YAY! Good luck y’all

  136. Justin says:

    Would love to go!

  137. Roberta Neilson says:

    Cool post, I like the new food options :). Go Lions!

  138. caekb says:

    Roar You Lions Roar!!

  139. Greg says:

    Count me in

  140. Mark says:

    Would be nice to win!

  141. Leana says:

    New to Vancouver and would LOVE to go and see the BC Lions!!

  142. Albert Giesbrecht says:

    I was at the opening of the new BC Place. It would be be nice to see a game there.

  143. Regina says:

    Go LIONS GO!!!!

  144. Sue says:

    Count me in!

  145. Grant Bowen says:

    Got my orange face paint ready!

  146. Ruby says:

    Would love to go ๐Ÿ™‚

  147. Ben says:

    Have to dig up my old BC lions hat!!

  148. Ruth M says:

    Have been to only one Lions game and had a riot, would love to go again

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