A major milestone was achieved over the weekend for construction crews who have been working feverishly at B.C. Place Stadium. The iconic marshmallow roof was deflated May 4, 2010, and what has been going on behind the hoarding has been a complete mystery to the average British Columbian. In its place, is a half billion dollar renovation, featuring a cable-supported retractable roof – the biggest of its kind in the world! According to PavCo (the B.C Pavilion Corporation), key facts about this 17 month project include:
- A blue sky opening measuring 100 metres by 85 metres — the same size as the field below!
- A fabric roof section that retracts into the centre of the opening, where it’s hidden inside of a pod above the videoboard.
- Each support mast measures 47 metres tall. All together, the structure is like 18 suspension bridges, each around 200 metres long.
- It is much more energy efficient than the original roof, saving 25 percent on energy costs (or about $350,000 per year).
- It takes just 20 minutes to fully retract the entire roof!
To help celebrate the newly refurbished stadium, the B.C. Lions christened the space with a match up against the Edmonton Eskimos this past Friday, September 30. They ‘kicked off’ a whole new era for one of this city’s main entertainment hubs. As the official hotel chain of the B.C. Lions, we wanted to celebrate this homecoming as well, and decided to treat fans to a particularly unique viewing experience. For the first time ever, two lucky fans were chosen to watch the game from the sidelines, in one of our beds! Fans received a bathrobe and slippers to snuggle into, while taking in the game from one of the closest vantage points of all!
And it’s not just the new roof/stadium that’s worth checking out! On the west side of BC Place, at the Beatty Street entrance, the new memorial to Terry Fox is front and centre. Earlier this month, renowned novelist and visual artist Douglas Coupland unveiled his project, honouring a true Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. alongside the Premier and members of Terry’s Fox family.
As you can see in the photo, it is a series of four sculptures of him running, each one getting increasingly larger. The size progression represents the growth of his legacy since his iconic ‘Marathon of Hope’ ended in Thunder Bay, Ontario, in 1981. When Terry was forced to end the run due to his cancer, he had raised $1.7m dollars. The first Terry Fox Run, in 1981, raised $3.5 million dollars; to date, over $500 million dollars has been raised, total. The sculptures all have him facing west, depicting his journey from St. John, Newfoundland to Victoria, B.C. When asked about the legacy of Terry Fox, Coupland hopes that this art piece will continue to inspire people the way Terry himself did, 30 years ago. “Sometimes we all feel like we’re just one more person here on Earth — Why does anything matter? Why do any of us bother going on?” said Coupland. “But the fact is that we do go on and all of us matter, and maybe if we follow the example of choosing the more difficult choice, our lives might take on meaning greater than we might ever have dared to hope.”
If you’re planning on heading to any future games, be sure to watch the screens for our Sandman bed! Join us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to find out how you can win yourself seats on the Sandman bed for the next home game!