A Guide to Downtown Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium

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Photo: Tom Ewasiuk

By Michael McColl

Opened in 1983, and completely renovated between 2009 and 2011, Vancouver’s BC Place is the jewel in the crown of Canada’s sports stadiums and a must visit on any trip to the city.

With a total capacity of 54,500 in upper and lower bowl seating, BC Place has played host to some of the top sporting events in the world, including the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics and the 2015 Women’s World Cup. Most recently, the stadium became a venue for the World Rugby Sevens Series and has hosted the Canadian Football League’s (CFL) championship, the Grey Cup.

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A Guide to Downtown Vancouver’s BC Place Stadium

Vancouver’s New and Improved Nat Bailey Stadium Set for June 26 Home Opener

Artist rendering on stadium renovations, sourced from milb.com

Artist rendering on stadium renovations, sourced from milb.com

A “night at the Nat” just got a little more exciting.

Vancouver’s historic Nat Bailey Stadium, home of the Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball team, is in the last stages of a major expansion, leading up to opening night on June 26.

An additional 750 seats have been added to the 1951 ballpark, bringing capacity up to an estimated 5,907 seats. New bleachers extend down the left-field line, and there’s now bleacher seating just beyond the left-field fence. A new entrance on the third-base side of the stadium should help ease foot traffic during sold-out games.

In addition, the outfield fences have been moved in – making the Nat a more “hitter-friendly” park. (Translation: Expect more home runs in 2015.) The field now measures 320 feet, rather than 335 feet, down both foul lines, and the soaring 20-foot-high outfield fence has been replaced with a 4-foot-high fence. (Expect some exciting home-run stealing grabs by outfielders this season, as well.) Continue reading:
Vancouver’s New and Improved Nat Bailey Stadium Set for June 26 Home Opener