From winter to summer sports, and from indoor to outdoor, Vancouver has a wide variety of excellent sport facilities that cater to all types and levels of sporting events. Below is a list of some of our city’s most popular sporting venues.
Located right in the downtown core, BC Place Stadium is a year-round, open-air, multi-purpose sports, exhibition and entertainment facility with a cable-supported retractable roof—the largest of its kind anywhere, boasting a transformation time of just 20 minutes. With seating for 54,500 (expandable based on configuration) and over 242,000 sq. ft. of event space, BC Place is home to some of Vancouver’s largest events.
Fully renovated in 2011, the stadium is home to the Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer franchise, the BC Lions Football Club and the BC Sports Hall of Fame. It was the host venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Situated in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment district, Rogers Arena is one of the most active sports and entertainment venues in North America. It has a maximum seating capacity of 20,000 (depending on the event) and over 24,000 sq. ft. of event space. Rogers Arena is home to the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team, and was the primary hockey venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
A waterfront venue right in the downtown core, the LEED Platinum-certified Vancouver Convention Centre offers 466,500 sq. ft of space accommodating sporting events, awards ceremonies and exhibitions. The facility also boasts 120,000 sq. ft. of outdoor public space including a 87,120 sq. ft. plaza in view of the majestic Olympic cauldron. The facility was home to the Main Media Centre and International Broadcast Centre during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Hastings Park and the Pacific National Exhibition form a sports and entertainment complex offering a variety of venues in a magnificent setting. The Pacific Coliseum is a multi-purpose indoor arena with 15,713 permanent seats (plus 2,000 temporary seats) to accommodate spectator sports, along with a combined 127,000 sq. ft. of additional exhibition space over two levels. Home to the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League, it was the figure skating and short-track speed skating venue during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
The 3,000-seat Agrodome features an oval floor with a polished concrete surface. During winter months, it offers an ice surface for minor hockey and figure skating events, while for the remainder of the year, the Agrodome plays host to a variety of events including professional tennis, boxing, wrestling, and special events. The facility offers 24,070 sq. ft. of exhibition space.
Home to speed skating during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Richmond Olympic Oval is now a multi-use facility, featuring 13 volleyball courts, 10 basketball courts and three indoor soccer fields, along with one of the largest, state-of-the art fitness and training facilities in the world; a high performance training centre; and an on-site sports medicine clinic. With flexible seating, the facility can accommodate up to 3,000 spectators and is fully-accessible, making it ideal for wheelchair and adaptive sports.
Only 30 minutes from the city centre, the University of British Columbia offers a full range of sporting facilities including an aquatic centre, tennis centre, athletic tracks, turf fields, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre featuring three ice surfaces, Thunderbird Stadium for football and soccer, and War Memorial Gymnasium for volleyball and basketball. In addition, UBC is also home to high-performance training facilities.
Simon Fraser University's Lorne Davies Complex houses the East, West and Central gymnasiums, Aquatic Centre and fitness centre. The university also offers access to a 400 metre, eight lane, IAAF standard track; tennis courts; a softball field; one grass field and two artificial turf fields.
Known as one of Minor League Baseball’s most historic venues, Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium, affectionately known at “The Nat”, was built in 1951 and renovated in 2007, bringing the ballpark back to the highest standard with key upgrades and technological advances. The stadium has a seating capacity of 5,132, and is home to the Northwest League’s Vancouver Canadians baseball team in the summer and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in the spring.
While Metro Vancouver's three local mountains – Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour, have some of the best downhill and cross-country ski facilities in North America, they also provide an endless playground for outdoor activities all year round. Just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, these mountains regularly host World Cup events including the Freestyle Skiing FIS World Cup and World Cup Snowboarding. Cypress Mountain was the venue for the snowboarding and freestyle skiing competitions during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Situated in the Metro Vancouver suburb of Surrey, Softball City offers four championship-calibre softball diamonds, including a stadium diamond with seating for over 1,200 spectators. It also offers a fully-licensed restaurant with a 232-seat outdoor patio overlooking the fields and batting cages. Softball City has hosted national tournaments, as well as annually staging the Canada Cup International Women's Fastpitch Tournament.
Twenty minutes from downtown Vancouver, Swangard Stadium is a full-service track and field facility with 4,200 permanent grandstand seats, expandable to 8,000, depending on the event. It has towering fir trees to the east and a great view of the mountains to the north offering a fantastic backdrop to its natural grass field that can accommodate a variety of sports. It also features an eight lane, 400 metre Olympic regulation oval track.
Burnaby Lake Sports Complex, located 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, comprises of Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West, a state-of-the-art facility boasting five artificial grass fields and a 10,000 sq. ft. modern clubhouse; the CG Brown Pool complex with swimming pool and weight room facilities; Burnaby Lake Arena for ice skating; Bill Copeland Sports Centre with its NHL-size ice hockey rink; as well as tennis courts and archery fields.
Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8-Rinks is a premier recreational ice sports facility, housing six NHL-size hockey rinks, a figure skating rink and an indoor soccer field in the 250,000 sq. ft. facility. All fields of play can be seen from the 1,000-seat viewing and dining area. Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8-Rinks is located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
For further information on Vancouver's sport facilities, please contact Tourism Vancouver's Meetings & Conventions Team.