Vancouver Olympics opening ceremony in BC Place Dome.
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”Dale Carnegie
Yes, the opening and closing ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics will take place in the 60,000 seat BC Place Dome.
Vancouver has been voted the worlds most beautiful city on many occasions. If you have never been here you are in for a wonderful experience. We are certain you will agree with the above.
The BC Place dome was built in 1983 and cost a cool $126 million at that time. It was an idea to attempt to rebuild the downtown. It’s located alongside the False Creek waterway.
For many generations heavy industry including ship building and ship repair, cable and anchor foundries, wire rope works, in fact almost everything required in the shipping industry was manufactured here. These industries were served by a railroad and roundhouse.
If ever a wise seed was planted, it was the idea to rebuild that has resulted in what must be now the most successful rebuild of all time.
It was used for the opening of the 1986 Worlds Fair (see Expo 86 museum) a unique on line museum.
Once the fair ended, the site was cleaned up and eventually sold and thousands of beautiful, up scale condominiums were constructed.
Today the ugliness of the past is nothing but a memory. The old train turntable is now a museum. On the opposite side of False Creek is an area called Granville Island that visitors must see. Located there is a good museum based upon the heavy industry of the past. Granville Market. It’s a wonderful place to visit with a huge busy market and amazing shops offering top quality hand crafted goods. Watch the artists blow glass and create masterpieces.
The Vancouver Olympics will be held in February and it rains quite often during that time so to be able to hold the ceremonies indoors is a tremendous advantage. The BC Place dome is used over 200 days each year. Trade shows of every description, football games (BC Lions), monster truck shows, Outdoor Adventure shows.
Community events such as the Vancouver Sun Run, an annual charitable event with over 40,000 runners, BC High school football championships and the BMO Mini soccer Festivals are held here.