- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 6, 2008
- 2 Comments
- Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Vancouver Expansion
I’m not gonna lie. Before I haven’t been a huge fan of the Vancouver bid, mainly because I selfishly want Portland to get a club but seeing a rendering like this today tells me maybe I need to reconsider the Vancouver bid. Today we got word out of Canada that the group leading the Vancouver MLS expansion bid want to create a nice closed in environment at BC Place for MLS games.
Basically what they plan to do with the retractable roof that should be in place by 2011 is to basically use the new roof along with a tarp system that closes off the top desk of the stadium, leaving the lower bowl open for the MLS games. No upper bowl means the sound will probably stay loud in the stadium and will create a pretty cool place to see a game I think. Even though I don’t like BC Place for MLS, this may actually work a lot better than we had originally thought.
Most may not realize (and some of you may though) that Vancouver will be hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics and BC Place is a big venue of those games.
“All of the upgrades are to be completed by the time the Vancouver Whitecaps are ready to move into BC Place for the 2011 season,” B.C. Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Bill Bennett said in a statement. “With the open-air experience the new roof will create, and the draping that will condense the stadium to a smaller venue more conducive to soccer, we are confident BC Place will not only meet MLS stadium standards, but exceed most stadiums in terms of the fan experience.”
Earlier this year, the province announced details of a two-phase renovation plan for BC Place. Phase 1 is now underway, and will be completed prior to the 2010 Olympics. The $65-million renovation plan for Phase 1 includes improved access for the disabled, and the redevelopment of all common spaces, concessions, washrooms, exterior plazas, media facilities, dressing rooms and general public areas.
Phase 2 of the plan is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the 2011 MLS season. This phase includes the installation of a state-of-the-art retractable roof. A key feature of the roof design includes the installation of a centrally hung, state-of-the-art electronic scoreboard.
I’m not gonna lie, that bid is starting to really pick up some steam if this all comes together. And really, if it does this club may not need that Waterfront Stadium that they’ve been pushing for afterall.
What do you all make of this news? Will it help Vancouver’s chances or is it just a little wishful thinking on their part that the league will want this sort of thing?