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28 Apr

Free Fun: Explore BC Place Stadium this Weekend

Photo credit: BC Place Stadium

It’s been more than six months since the renovated BC Place Stadium opened its doors.  Equipped with a retractable roof, ultra-wide seats, spiffy new bathrooms and one of the biggest TV screens anywhere, it’s among the sleekest stadiums on the continent.

But have you had a chance to check it out yet?

This weekend is your opportunity to get a free, behind-the-scenes peek at the home of the Vancouver Whitecaps and B.C. Lions.  On April 28-29, B.C. Place is throwing open its doors from noon-4 p.m.   For all you armchair quarterbacks out there – who’ve always dreamed of sprinting into the Lions’ end-zone – this is your time to shine.

Stand under the new retractable roof and imagine 50,000+ screaming fans.  Stare up at the ginormous video screen hanging from the ceiling.  Walk the turf where B.C. sports history was made last November when the Lions clinched the Grey Cup.

Members of both the Whitecaps and the Lions will be on hand, just in case you feel like kicking a ball around or throwing a few passes.

Photo credit: Paolo Slavinio | Flickr

The open house is also a unique chance to take a tour of the players’ dressing rooms, plus those swanky new suites usually reserved for Vancouver’s corporate high-flyers.

Afterward, you can check out the onsite BC Sports Hall of Fame, which is offering half-price admission on the weekend (The Hall is home to 20 galleries, including exhibits on Terry Fox and Rick Hansen).  And you can enter to win a pair of tickets to see Roger Waters’ The Wall on May 26, which is the first mega-concert to be held at the renovated stadium.

The free open house is April 28-29, from noon to 4 p.m.  Entrance is at Gate A, Terry Fox Plaza (right at the front of the stadium, along Beatty Street).


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