The Basics of Attending a Canucks Game
By Daniel Fung
With Rogers Arena located within steps of Gastown and Chinatown, attending a Vancouver Canucks game is a breeze -- assuming you have tickets, as the Canucks have sold out every home game since 2002. 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 wide array of food choices for even the most discerning palates, ranging from Asian cuisine to Mexican favorites. If arena food isn’t up your alley, there are plenty of alternative dining options in nearby neighborhoods.
A great place to grab a burger and beer before the game is Steamworks Brewing Company, located adjacent to the Waterfront SkyTrain Station and just a 10-minute walk from Rogers Arena. Malone’s Bar and Grill at the intersection of Pender and Seymour streets is also close by and a popular pre- and post-game destination.
If you’re itching for something a bit more exotic, you can’t go wrong with the modern Chinese cuisine served up at Wild Rice. Located at the corner of Pender and Abbott streets in Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown, Wild Rice is just three blocks north of the Gate 6 entrance at Rogers Arena.
For those who just want a quick snack, check out the cafeteria inside Edgewater Casino, located on the north shore of False Creek and just a few steps away from Rogers Arena. While you’re there, you might even want to try your luck at one of your favourite table games.
Single game tickets are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.ca or at the Rogers Arena Box Office. But with the Canucks’ popularity, securing tickets is not always a simple task since the team has sold out more than 300 consecutive home games. There are several alternatives that will increase your chances of getting tickets to the game.
Signing up for the Prime Seat Club on Canucks.com allows you to buy tickets directly from season ticket holders in a safe and secure format. There are many local hotels and restaurants that offer ticket packages, such as the Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel that offers a Canucks Package, which comes with tickets and overnight accommodation.
For those looking for tickets on a budget, the Canucks often release single seats on game day at discounted prices as part of the Last Seat in the House promotion.
Get the latest Canucks ticket updates straight from the team by following @CanucksTickets on Twitter.
Parking at Rogers Arena
There are several pay lots around the arena, such as those run by EasyPark, and metered street parking is also available nearby.
Getting There by Public Transit
If you are traveling by SkyTrain from the east, take the Expo Line to the Stadium-Chinatown Station. If you are traveling from the west via SkyTrain, take either the Expo Line or the Millennium Line and get off at the Stadium-Chinatown Station.
If you are traveling by Canada Line, take it to Waterfront Station and transfer to the SkyTrain platform. Then take either the Expo Line or the Millennium Line to the Stadium-Chinatown Station.
Major credit and debit cards are accepted at the concession stands and merchandise kiosks at Rogers Arena.
Daniel Fung is a Vancouver-based freelance writer who has covered the Vancouver Canucks, BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the 2010 Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey tournament. Presently, most of his writing appears on Canucks.com and Vancouver Canucks Examiner.
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