From winter to summer sports, Vancouver has a wide variety of excellent sport facilities that cater to all types and levels of sporting events. Some of the facilities include:
BC Place is a year-round, multi-purpose sports, exhibition and entertainment open-air facility with a cable-supported retractable roof that is the largest of its kind in the world. Its transformation takes 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.
BC Place is home to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC MLS 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.
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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 and Paralympic Winter Games.
The award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC), the first convention centre in the world to earn the highest LEED® rating, is British Columbia's premier events facility and located in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. With two uniquely designed, connected buildings offering a total of 466,500 sq. ft. of function space, the possibilities are endless for either a conference or a sporting event. 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 that is a perfect setting for award ceremonies, cultural events and community celebrations.
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Hastings Park is a sports and entertainment complex offering a variety of venues in a magnificent setting. Home to the Pacific Coliseum, which has 15,713 permanent seats and the ability to add 2,000 more temporary seats on the floor to accommodate concerts and spectator sports, it also offers 80,000 sq. ft. of exhibition area and the 3,230 seat Agrodome, with its polished concrete surface oval floor and almost 25,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space. The PNE is home to the Vancouver Giants WHL hockey team and was a key venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The Richmond Olympic Oval is an outstanding venue that was home to long-track speed skating during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Now a multi-use facility, it boasts 13 regulation volleyball courts, 10 regulation basketball courts and three regulation 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 heart of downtown Vancouver, the University of British Columbia's recreation facilities such as the Aquatic Centre, UBC Tennis Centre, Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Winter Centre, War Memorial Gym and Student Recreation Centre, are ideal for athletic events.
Simon Fraser University's Chancellor's Gymnasium Complex houses the East and West gymnasiums and Aquatic Centre. The university also offers access to a 400 metre, eight lane, IAAF standard track, a softball field, one grass field and two artificial turf fields.
Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium, affectionately known at “The Nat”, has a seating capacity 5,132. The stadium was renovated in 2007 bringing the ballpark back to the highest standard with a number of key upgrades and technological advances.
Scotiabank Field is home to the Vancouver Canadians of the Northwest League in the summer, and the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in the spring.
While Metro Vancouver's three local mountains – Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain - The Peak of Vancouver 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 and Paralympic Games.
Softball City is a premier sports and entertainment facility with championship-calibre softball diamonds, a fully-licensed restaurant with a 232 seat outdoor patio overlooking the fields and batting cages.
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.
Located 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, the Burnaby Lake Sports Complex is a state-of-the-art facility boasting five artificial grass fields and a 10,000 sq. ft. modern clubhouse, tennis courts and archery fields. Close by you can enjoy the CG Brown Pool. Along with offering ice skating and activity rooms, the complex also has archery fields, tennis courts, numerous sports fields and a sports pavilion.
Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8-Rinks is the premier recreational ice sports facility in the region. Conveniently located off the Trans-Canada Highway and centrally situated within the heart of Metro Vancouver, it’s a focal point among sports enthusiasts. This massive 250,000 sq. ft. facility houses six NHL-size hockey rinks, one figure skating rink and an indoor soccer field, all of which can be viewed in the 1,000 seat viewing and dining area.
For further information on Vancouver's facilities, please contact Tourism Vancouver's Sport Tourism Team.