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Vancouver Canucks Game Basics
With Rogers Arena located within steps of Gastown and Chinatown, attending a Vancouver Canucks game is a breeze. That is, assuming you have tickets since the Canucks have just come off a sold-out streak of 474 home games. The arena is central to dozens of food and drink options, public transit and parking. Here’s what you need to know before heading to a game, including a few tricks to finding tickets:
Grabbing a Bite Before the Game
Rogers Arena boasts a surprisingly wide array of food choices, from the traditional hotdogs, through to poutine, seafood and upscale sandwiches. Pair your dinner with craft beers, BC wines, and even cocktails.
If arena food isn’t up your alley, there are plenty of alternative dining options in nearby neighborhoods. Gastown offers the widest range of options, from gastropubs like The Irish Heather and Steamworks Brewing Company, through to high-end cuisine at Wildebeest, L’Abattoir and Bauhaus. Or consider heading into Chinatown for something with an Asian twist, or around the foot of Robson for plenty of options for a burger-and-beer combo.
Single game tickets are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.ca or at the Rogers Arena Box Office. Tickets are priced dynamically, meaning that they rise and fall depending on who the Canucks are playing, team rivalries, current standings and the day of the week. But with the Canucks’ popularity, securing tickets is not always a simple task since the team regularly sells out home games. There are several alternatives that will increase your chances of getting tickets to the game.
The Ticket Exchange system on Canucks.com allows you to buy tickets directly from season ticket holders in a safe and secure format. There are also many local hotels, such as the Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel and Best Western Plus Chateau Granville that offer packages combining Canucks tickets and overnight accommodation. Also, make sure you visit the team’s promotions page for deals on group tickets, upgrade programs and more.
Parking at Rogers Arena
Rogers Arena is within an easy walk of over 7,000 parking spots. This includes the arena’s own parkade below the building, along with pay lots such as those run by EasyPark, and metered street parking in the surrounding area.
Getting There by Public Transit
Aside from walking from your hotel, public transit is really the easiest way to get to Rogers Arena. Stadium-Chinatown Station is right opposite the arena, accessible on either the Expo or Millennium lines. If you’re taking the Canada Line, either get off at Vancouver City Centre Station and walk seven blocks to the arena, or get off at Waterfront Station and transfer to either the Expo or Millennium lines to take you to Stadium-Chinatown Station.
Major credit and debit cards are accepted at the concession stands and merchandise kiosks at Rogers Arena, and there are cash-dispensing ATMs available as well.