The Vancouver Canucks are welcoming fans back to Rogers Arena, beginning on Wednesday, for a new experience. They haven’t hosted a hockey game since March 10, so the Canucks are pivoting for the moment, to become a food distributor.
Following the success of providing meals for charity, with Canucks staff setting up an assembly line on the arena floor, the team will now offer food for the public to purchase.
Collaborating with local restaurants, the team has unveiled “Canucks Marketplace,” offering “meal kits, signature dishes, and farm fresh provisions” to enjoy at home. Orders can be placed online through the Canucks’ website, with meals available for ice-level pickup at Rogers Arena by walk up or drive-thru, or contactless home delivery for people in Vancouver and the North Shore.
#CanucksMarketplace is a collaboration with Vancouver’s favourite restaurants offering meal kits, signature dishes and farm fresh provisions.
— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) June 13, 2020
“Canucks Marketplace epitomizes why our hometown team is a leader in the community,” said Michael Doyle, the President of Live Entertainment and Hospitality for Canucks Sports and Entertainment. “As restaurants embrace challenges to evolve and innovate, this concept celebrates how great local brands come together, in one accessible place online.”
The drive-thru will be accessed off Expo Boulevard, just past Gate 10 across the street from Costco. It’ll be open Wednesday to Sunday, from 12-7 pm.
Food from four of Aquilini-owned Toptable Group restaurants will be featured, including Elisa, Blue Water Cafe, CinCin, and Thierry. Other popular local favourites will also be featured, including Cafe Medina, Dirty Apron, and Earnest Ice Cream.
The Canucks hospitality team is creating dishes available for purchase too, ranging from a $72 prime rib dinner to a $17 “mini fan dinner for two,” which includes hot dogs, popcorn, and strawberries with chocolate sauce.
A small number of Canucks Team Store merchandise will be available for purchase, while the team also invites online donations for the Canucks for Kids Fund, the Vancouver Food Bank, and even paying for a meal for a front line worker. In addition, front line workers that purchase their own meal will be given 25% of their orders.