The new retractable roof on BC Place nears completion (August 2, 2011)
Following the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, BC Place began a $563-million renovation. 16-months later, with less than two months left until opening day, BC Place is almost ready to re-open to the public.
The largest investment was removing the old Teflon inflatable roof and replacing it with a new cable-supported retractable roof.
The common areas, concessions, washrooms, and dressing rooms have been renovated and updated to give the building a fresh, new look.
In the playing area, there will be new sound and lighting system installed, and a four-sided electronic video-board, which will all be suspended from the centre support structure.
The playing field will be an all-weather playing surface with a concert floor cover for concerts and events.
The exterior plaza will also receive a facelift, including a new memorial for Terry Fox, replacing the previously aging monument.
The revitalization project is expected to prolong the life of BC Place Stadium for another 40 years with projected economic impacts of $100 million per year.
BC Place stadium is set to open on Friday, September 30, 2011 for the BC Lions home game vs the Edmonton Eskimos, and will host the 2011 Grey Cup on November 27, 2011.