Friday night might be the busiest night in downtown Vancouver this year

Sep 28 2017, 1:16 am

The area in and around BC Place Stadium in downtown Vancouver will be bumping with crowds on Friday night as three major events will be simultaneously happening.

Approximately 40,000 fans are expected to descend onto BC Place for Coldplay’s concert as part of their ‘Head of Dreams’ tour, which begins at 6:45 pm with opening performances by Tove Lo and Alina Baraz. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early – doors open at 5 pm.

About 300 tickets are still available at the time of writing, and more seating sections on the sides of the stage could open up as overflow if demand warrants.

As well, across the street, American country singer Miranda Lambert will be taking to the stage at Rogers Arena with near-capacity crowds. Her concert starts at 7 pm.

Shortly after both concerts end, Parq Vancouver casino resort hotel on the west side of BC Place – just outside Gate G – will open its doors.

The resort will open at 11 pm with a celebratory roll of the dice on the casino floor.

Vancouver’s newest destination resort was a beehive of activity Wednesday morning during a media tour as construction crews and resort staff were in the process of completing finishing touches and testing building systems.

The $700-million, 700,000-sq-ft resort features two high-end Marriott-operated hotels with a combined 517 rooms, 8 restaurants and lounges, 62,000 sq. ft. of meeting and convention space, a 30,000 sq. ft. rooftop outdoor space, and a 72,000-sq-ft casino with 600 slot machines and 75 table games.

“We are excited to introduce Parq Vancouver to the City. I am so proud of our team and partners and can’t wait for the world to see Vancouver’s new international destination resort,” Joe Brunini, President of Parq Vancouver, told Daily Hive in a statement.

The nearby Edgewater Casino will permanently close on the same night that Parq Vancouver opens.

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