Outdoor NHL Hockey Coming to Vancouver: Tickets on sale for Heritage Classic at BC Place

The 2010 Winter Classic in Boston.  Photo credit: misconmmike | Flickr

The 2010 Winter Classic in Boston. Photo credit: misconmmike | Flickr

Ready for outdoor NHL hockey in Vancouver?

Tickets are on sale this week for the NHL’s 2014 Heritage Classic, which will see the Vancouver Canucks face the Ottawa Senators on March 2.  But it’s not the matchup as much as the venue that matters.  The game will take place on a specially built rink inside B.C. Place. – and, if all goes well, the roof will be wide open.

Judging from ticket sales, enthusiasm in Vancouver is high.  Since going on sale on Thursday, the cheapest ticket categories ($62.20 and $104.20) have already sold out on Ticketmaster and a sellout of the entire 54,500-seat stadium seems in the cards, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Outdoor NHL games have surged in popularity in recent years.  The first Heritage Classic – which pits two Canadian teams against one another in an open-air venue – took place in Edmonton in 2003. A second was hosted in Calgary in 2011.  Meanwhile, since 2008, yearly Winter Classic games between American teams have been held in the U.S.

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Outdoor NHL Hockey Coming to Vancouver: Tickets on sale for Heritage Classic at BC Place

Parkour! Outdoor Parkour Course Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: JB London | Flickr

Photo credit: JB London | Flickr

You might not know what parkour is, but Vancouver will soon have a park for it.

Popularized in France in the 1990s, parkour involves leaping, diving and tumbling off and between buildings and urban structures.  It combines elements of gymnastics, rock climbing and track and field and makes for some pretty spectacular YouTube videos.

Once seen mainly in action movies, like James Bond’s Casino Royale, parkour has apparently taken to the streets and earned a significant grassroots following here in Vancouver.  Now, to accommodate all the hardcore parkour going on, a new outdoor obstacle course is planned for Hastings Park, the area adjacent the PNE and Hastings Racecourse.

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Indoor Fitness Alternatives in Vancouver – Part III

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We’re back with the final instalment of our Indoor Fitness Alternatives series. If you missed Part I and Part II, give them a read before checking out Part III. 

Gymnastics
Gymnastics is a great workout for kids and adults alike. Though gymnastics is a sport that requires strength and flexibility, you don’t need to be able to bend in half to try gymnastics for the first time. Over time, gymnastics can help improve your physical strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, balance, and grace, as well as keeping you limber and in great shape. Adult gymnastics classes are offered at Phoenix Gymnastics and Flicka Gymnastics (along with programs for kids), while kids can also try gymnastics at Kitsilano Gymnastics, Britannia Community Services Centre, and Renfrew Park Community Centre in Vancouver.

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Indoor Fitness Alternatives in Vancouver – Part III

International Soccer: Women’s National Team Vs Mexico – Free Ticket Giveaway!

Photo: Ed Kaiser/Postmedia Olympic Team

Photo: Ed Kaiser/Postmedia Olympic Team

“The Canadian Soccer Association is thrilled to have the Women’s National Team host an International Friendly at BC Place in Vancouver this November,” said Peter Montopoli, Canadian Soccer Association General Secretary. “This match gives the fans the opportunity to see their Canadian Olympic heroes in person and highlight the incredible support the team has received since its inspiring Olympic journey.”

The match will mark Canada’s Women’s National Team’s return to Vancouver and the first time the two nations face off since Canada booked its ticket to the 2012 London Olympic Games with a 3:1 win over Mexico at the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament held in Vancouver in January 2012.

Sunday Nov 24, 1:00 PM
BC Place
Gates open at 12:00 PM

We have 2 pairs of tickets to give away. To be eligible post a comment below. We’ll pick two random winners next week and notify them by email. Good luck!

Updated Tuesday, November 19th: Congratulations Katie and Diana! You are the lucky recipients of a pair of tickets each to see Canada take on Mexico this Sunday, November 22nd at B.C. Place Stadium. Please check your inboxes for further information regarding ticket collection. Thank you to everyone who posted a comment.

Indoor Fitness Alternatives in Vancouver – Part II

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This week, we’re talking about fitness alternatives that keep you inside and out of the cold and rain. If you missed Part I, check it out here and then read on for five more indoor fitness alternatives to the gym in Vancouver.

Circus Arts
Ever dreamed of running away with the circus? Turns out you don’t have to run away from home to learn the tricks of the trade. Circus schools teach acrobatics, aerial silks, aerial hoop, trapeze, and even how to ride a unicycle! Circus arts can help build strength, balance, and flexibility, maintain overall physical fitness, and sharpen gross and fine motor coordination. You can train with Vancouver Circus School in New Westminster, North Vancouver, and Abbotsford, or with CircusWest at the PNE.

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Indoor Fitness Alternatives in Vancouver – Part II