New replacement UBC MacInnes Field to be built on top of parkade
The new replacement MacInnes Field at the centre of the University of British Columbia’s Point Grey campus will have a recreational and athletic focus.
A 57,000-sq-ft artificial turf that can be divided into three separate playing surfaces is intended for the new MacInnes Field, which is framed by the AMS Nest Student Union Building to the west, Life Building (former SUB) to the north, new bus exchange and War Memorial Gymnasium to the east, and the new Central residential and retail mixed-use building to the south. However, the turf will be smaller than the original natural grass field.
This project will also complete the area’s public realm and establish connections between the various buildings and facilities.
The proposed field will be built on top of the new underground MacInnes Field Parkade, which is currently under construction and set to open early next year. It will have 216 vehicle stalls for short-term parking.
This area was previously considered for an underground bus loop, but it was nixed for a myriad of reasons, including cost, functional design for buses, and safety.
The parkade structure and field are located on the former site of the now-demolished original Aquatic Centre, while the new permanent bus loop design has taken over the majority of the footprint of the original field.
Over the past few years, with all of the construction occurring in the area, UBC’s student union has held its annual major concerts and festivals at the East Mall plaza west of the Nest.
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