The BC Place re-opening was grand to say the least. The roof was open (chilly but fresh), Sarah McLachlan opened with the Canadian national anthem (complete with pyrotechnics), and the Lions won (playoffs?). A few major nuances disrupted the evening if you weren’t in constant awe of the renewed stadium.
Walking into the concourse you notice tons of flatscreens, wood paneling to remove the drab from concrete, and clear windows for natural light. As soon as you walk into the seating, wow! Stunning! It’s brighter, feels open, and the screen is HUGE! Gorgeous comes to mind.
Pictures and videos do a disservice. It’s a $563 million transformation. Every Vancouverite should experience the atmosphere.
Avoiding halftime lineups did no favour to the 50,000 attendees looking for a quick burger during a quarter. Lineups were 30 mins long and then you find out chicken burgers are sold out, and you don’t get a tray because those ran out too. Condiments sections lacked ketchup cups and were a mess. How they could not prepare for an influx of attendees after knowing for months about the grand re-opening is beyond me. It’s not cool when someone has to miss an entire quarter to grab a subpar burger.
With that being said, an amazing stadium. So amazing, it does not do justice for just CFL and MLS teams. I love the Lions and Caps, and the new stadium makes it more of a delight to check them out.
But rumours swirl of a Vancouver group shopping for an MLB team as we speak. Vancouver promoters are lining up huge concerts for big names as we speak as well. Entertainment options have improved in Vancouver, and may be getting better with the grand new BC Place.