B.C. Place has confirmed that the stadium’s exterior ‘Northern Lights’ display will be lit up in blue, white, and red – the colours of the bands on France’s national flag – this weekend in solidarity with France following yesterday’s tragic Paris terror attacks.
PavCo spokesperson Duncan Blomfield told Vancity Buzz the lights will be turned on at sunset, at approximately 4:35 p.m. tonight, until 11 p.m. This will be repeated again on Sunday evening.
The exterior of B.C. Place is frequently lit up for holidays (“Candy Cane” for Christmas, “Poppy” for Remembrance Day), special occasions and events like concerts, sporting events and Halloween, as well as charities. B.C. Place was originally slated to be lit in a single colour, blue, tonight for World Diabetes Day.
As for the five white sails on Canada Place, a spokesperson with Port Metro Vancouver could not be immediately reached. But according to several tweets made by Canada Place, the sails will not be lit in the French flag colours due to technical reasons.
“We’re currently limited to preset colours preprogrammed by a 3rd party, limiting our ability to change colours tonight,” read a tweet by Canada Place.
- UPDATE: Port Metro Vancouver has confirmed that Canada Place’s sails will be lit up in the French colours on Saturday and Sunday after sunset
But at least one lighting display in the city could be changed with the flip of a few switches: Vancouver City Hall’s exterior lighting glowed France’s national colours shortly after the attack.
— Bob Mackin (@bobmackin) November 14, 2015
B.C. Place joins a growing number of prominent landmark structures around the world that have changed their colours:
— John McMurtrie (@McMurtrieSF) November 14, 2015
— tαsh (@cadetzayn) November 14, 2015
— Football__Tweet (@Football__Tweet) November 14, 2015
— Neymar Jr. (@NeyMarvellous) November 14, 2015
— John Tory (@JohnTory) November 14, 2015