The British soccer – er, football – magazine FourFourTwo has ranked the world’s 100 best football stadiums, putting BC Place at #95.
With a capacity of 54,500 people, BC Place is nowhere near the biggest stadium in the world – that honour goes to Rungrado 1st of May Stadium in North Korea with a capacity of 150,000 – but it does rank as one of the best.
Recently hosting the Women’s World Cup and the Vancouver Whitecaps’ historic playoff run, BC Place has seen its fair share of action since opening in 1983.
“How many stadiums do you know of that can say they’ve hosted the Pope? BC Place can, after Pope John Paul II played a rocking gig there in 1984,” says FourFourTwo.
“Despite sounding like Fred Flintstone’s address, BC Place is beautifully futuristic. With stunning symmetry resembling a Spirograph drawing, myriad cables snake around to hold up the retractable roof and the giant (23 yards x 13 yards) scoreboard that hangs delicately above the pitch.”
The stadium ranks alongside some legendary venues like Camp Nou in Barcelona and the iconic Wembley Stadium, it even beat out Stamford Bridge in London, the home of Premier League champions Chelsea.
Three other MLS venues made the list with Red Bull Arena in New Jersey arriving at #86, Seattle’s CenturyLink Field at #63 and former home of the LA Galaxy, the Rose Bowl at #49.
Check out FourFourTwo’s complete list for all the rankings.