The New BC Place
Boasting the second largest video scoreboard in North America (next to the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium in Texas) and some state-of-the-art turf, the new venue is expected to wow CFL fans when it officially opens to the public on September 30th.
Even though the Whitecaps and Lions both endured pretty disappointing seasons, some (like me) might say that the roofless, mountain-backdrop that is Empire Field worked well as a smaller substitute – though the memory of the mission to East Van for the Caps home opener wasn’t the most pleasant (a jam-packed, two hour adventure complete with teenagers lighting joints on board and a visit from the VPD).
Still, it will be nice to get back downtown to a stadium that seats 54,500, giving that major league feel that each team and fan deserves.
The potential tailgate action that will presumably be “allowed” at BC Place is also something to get excited about.
Who wouldn’t want to “engage in the football phenomenon of talking about the game while in possession of a food product and beverage” (as Lowell Ullrich from the Province puts it)?
The BC Lions take on the Edmonton Eskimos on September 30th for the first home game in the new stadium, and Whitecaps FC follow on October 2nd.
Fingers crossed for some nice nights to see the massive retractable roof in action.
This beautiful new facility will also be getting a new name by the time the Grey Cup rolls around in November.