- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On April 30, 2010
- 7 Comments
- MLS Vancouver, Vancouver Whitecaps
A bit of Canadian news to kickoff a rather ugly looking Friday here in Dallas (overcast and muggy for those who care). The news from up north tell us that the temporary venue for the Vancouver Whitecaps next year is under construction and coming along very nicely.
The facility will open in June with a Canadian Football League game starting things off. The Whitecaps of course won’t be using it until they enter Major League Soccer next spring.
The Empire Stadium will seat 27,000 fans, not bad for a temporary venue. The Whitecaps will play in the venue until BC Place is finished with its renovations. Nothing about the stadium will really impress fans as most of the usual amenities won’t be included. Interesting part is that the venue will cost $14 million.
I hate saying it but it has to be a kick in the gut to fans in D.C. or even San Jose to a lesser extent to see a new club have a temporary venue like this and then move into a renovated stadium like BC Place when they’re struggling to get a stadium deal of their own going.