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Vancouver 2010 Winter Games Venues

NeuralBlog, 27th Feb 2006

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The venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games stretch over a 120-kilometre zone from the shores of Richmond, just south of Vancouver, through Vancouver's

2010 Winter Games Venues

The venues for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games stretch over a 120-kilometre zone from the shores of Richmond, just south of Vancouver, through Vancouver's downtown centre north to the snowy peaks of the mountain resort of Whistler.

Drawing on new and existing facilities, the goal is to create spectacular theatres for sport that provide top conditions for athletes and a welcome place for spectators to capture the excitement of competition.

Vancouver

The 2010 Olympic Winter Games events in Vancouver include curling, figure skating, ice hockey and short track speed skating. Speed skating will take place in Richmond. Cypress Mountain in the District of West Vancouver is the site of the snowboard and freestyle skiing events. Ceremonies will be held in the 55,000-seat BC Place Stadium in Vancouver's city centre.

Whistler

The 2010 Olympic Winter Games alpine and nordic skiing (cross country, biathlon, nordic combined), ski jumping, sliding events (bobsleigh, luge, skeleton) and all the Paralympic Games events (alpine and nordic skiing, ice sledge hockey and wheelchair curling) will take place in the Whistler region.

General Motors Place

Location: Downtown Vancouver
Distance from Vancouver Olympic Village: 2 km
Venue Capacity: 16,773
Elevation: 8 m

Venue Description
Ice Hockey will be staged in two venues - General Motors Place and the UBC Winter Sports Centre. General Motors Place is located on a rapid transit line in downtown Vancouver.

Construction Update
A structural engineering report of General Motors Place has been completed to address the issue of enlargement of the ice sheet to international-size ice. Additional engineering studies will determine building modifications that will be necessary to meet Olympic Games requirements. The construction process is scheduled to begin April 2007, with completion by August 2008. Construction activities at General Motors Place will be timed to minimize any disruption to regular activities in the building.

Post-Games Use
This world-class facility is home of the National Hockey League (NHL) Vancouver Canucks, and hosts major sport and entertainment events throughout the year.

Hillcrest/Nat Bailey Stadium Park

Location: Hillcrest/Nat Bailey Stadium Park
Distance from Vancouver Olympic Village: 4 km
Venue Capacity: 5,700
Elevation: 74 m

Venue Description
Hillcrest/Nat Bailey Stadium Park is located in a lively Vancouver community that includes the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park and views of the North Shore mountains. This park is well served by public transportation.

Construction Update
Conceptual design studies and a preliminary environmental assessment have been completed. The venue design team has been selected and the detailed work on design development, environmental assessment, construction scheduling and budgeting are underway. Construction includes a new arena with temporary seating for the Games. Construction of the venue is expected to start May 2007, with a completion date of November 2008.

Post-Games Use
After the 2010 Games, the curling venue will become a multi-purpose community recreation centre that will include an ice hockey rink, gymnasium, library and eight sheets of curling ice, to be managed by the Vancouver Park Board.

Pacific Coliseum

Location: Hastings Park
Distance from Vancouver Olympic Village: 7 km
Venue Capacity: 14,000
Elevation: 26 m

Venue Description
The Pacific Coliseum at Hastings Park is at the core of one of the City's major event sites, only 15 minutes from the Vancouver Olympic Village. As home of an annual fair that attracts up to 60,000 people a day, this site is very well served by public transport.

Construction Update
Upgrades to the existing Hastings Park are part of long-term restoration plans that began in 1994. Structural and cosmetic renovations will revitalize the facility to address Olympic Games and community needs. The replacement of nearly 16,000 seats at the Pacific Coliseum began in summer 2005. The balance of the improvements for the Coliseum and nearby Agrodome (a training and practice facility for the Games) include building and technical upgrades, such as ice plant improvements and expansion of the ice surfaces to international size, washroom facilities upgrades, concession space upgrades and building Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) system upgrades. Major capital upgrades are planned for the summer months of 2006 through 2008 to minimize disruption to normal business operations.

Post-Games Use
As the largest building within the Hastings Park complex, the Pacific Coliseum will continue to serve as a venue for diverse events such as ice shows, boxing, basketball, hockey, concerts, large assemblies, and trade and consumer shows.

UBC Winter Sports Centre

Location: University of British Columbia
Distance from Vancouver Olympic Village: 13 km
Venue Capacity: 6,650 (including temporary seating)
Elevation: 90 m

Venue Description
Ice Hockey will be staged in two venues - General Motors Place and the UBC Winter Sports Centre. UBC is a sprawling, ocean-side university campus on Vancouver's west side, well served by public transport.

Construction Update
VANOC has secured an agreement from UBC to locate the new Centre on the site of the existing Thunderbird Winter Sport Complex. The redevelopment includes the refurbishing of the existing competition arena and the construction of two new rinks, one of which will be used in training, the other, a 6,650-seat competition facility. Construction is expected to begin April 2006 and be completed by April 2008.

Post-Games Use
Following the Games, the venue will become a recreational and high-performance multi-sport legacy and will provide additional classrooms and research facilities.

Whistler Arena

Location: Whistler
Distance from Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village: 9 km
Venue Capacity: 2,750
Elevation: 668 m

Venue Description
The proposed new arena is to be located in an accessible site in the heart of Whistler Resort, moments away from the mountains' lifts, accommodation, shopping and dining, and outdoor parks and trails, 14 minutes from the Whistler Paralympic Village.

Construction Update
As part of Whistler's long-term resort development plan, the proposed new multi-purpose facility will provide a venue for future sport, cultural, entertainment and commercial activities and events. Whistler Municipal Council voted unanimously on October 17, 2005 to proceed with the ice sledge hockey project. Development of a building concept is underway. Construction of the Whistler arena is scheduled to begin April 2007 and will be completed by 2009.

Post-Games Use
The Whistler arena will serve as a legacy for the enjoyment of local residents, visitors and athletes in a variety of ways. High-performance sport uses have yet to be determined.

Whistler Creekside

Location: Whistler Mountain
Distance from Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village: 5 km
Venue Capacity: 7,450
Elevation: 810 m (finish area)

Venue Description
Whistler Mountain is operated by Intrawest Corporation. Consistently ranked one of the top ski resorts in North America, the Whistler Resort welcomes more than two million visitors each year. It has extensive experience hosting FIS World Cup competitions. The men's downhill course for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games the Dave Murray Downhill is a very well-respected and challenging course. The women's downhill course for 2010 is Franz's Run. All Paralympic alpine skiing events will also take place on Franz's Run.

Construction Update
Improvements are scheduled to begin June 2006 and are to be completed by November 2007. Improvements include contouring and reshaping of the men's and women's downhill courses, additions to the existing snowmaking system and an enhanced reservoir for snowmaking. Temporary structures for the Games will be set up August 2009.

Post-Games Use
Whistler Creekside will continue to offer a world-class ski area to recreational skiers and is a site for future international competitions.

Whistler Meadow Park Sports Centre

Location: Whistler
Distance from Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village: 12.4 km
Venue Capacity: 500
Elevation: 668 m

Venue Description
The Whistler Meadow Park Sports Centre a multipurpose facility that includes an ice rink, swimming pool and fitness centre is a short distance away from Whistler Resort's town centre and is eight minutes from the Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village.

Construction Update
The centre's existing NHL-sized ice surface will be temporarily converted into four sheets of curling ice. It will take approximately two weeks to convert from the existing ice hockey surface to the four curling sheets required for the Paralympic Winter Games. Construction of the temporary overlay is scheduled to begin in June 2009 and be completed by January 2010.

Post-Games Use
The Whistler Meadow Park Sports Centre is very popular and the general upgrades for the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games will serve as a legacy for the enjoyment of local residents, visitors and athletes in a variety of ways from recreational uses to high-performance sport.

Whistler Nordic Venue

Location: Callaghan Valley
Distance from Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village: 14 km
Venue Capacity: 12,000 in each of three stadiums
Elevation: 860 m

Venue Description
The compact two square kilometre 2010 Winter Games core area includes three separate stadiums located about 500 metres apart. Approximately 14 kilometres of competition trails for cross-country (two separate five-kilometre loops) and biathlon (one four-kilometre loop) will be built in addition to eight kilometres of training trails. Two ski jumps (K98 and K125) will welcome all visitors as they enter the venue. An additional 15 to 20 kilometres of recreational trails will cover spectacular cross-country ski terrain next to the 2010 Winter Games core area.

All the Paralympic nordic skiing and biathlon events will start and finish from the Olympic cross-country stadium and will use most of the Olympic cross-country competition trails. Several competition courses are being designed including a 5- kilometre competition course for the standing classes and a 3.75-kilometre course for the sit-ski classes. Several kilometres of training trails will be available next to the competition courses. A temporary and portable 10-metre biathlon range will be set up in the stadium for two days of biathlon events.

Construction Update
The construction project involves the competition facilities as described above, technical sport buildings at each of the stadiums, sewer/water/power services, access roads, internal roads, parking lots, a day lodge and other related infrastructure facilities. Construction of the permanent elements of the nordic venue began in April 2005 and will be completed by November 2007. Temporary construction and facilities set-up will commence in summer 2009.

Post-Games Use
The nordic venue will serve as a legacy for the enjoyment of local residents, visitors and athletes in a variety of ways from recreational uses to high performance sport. The additional recreational elements and trails that are proposed in or adjacent to the 2010 Winter Games core area will be assessed under an environmental review process involving the Squamish and Lil'wat First Nations, federal and provincial agencies.

Whistler Sliding Centre

Location: Blackcomb Mountain
Distance from Whistler Olympic and Paralympic Village: 10 km
Venue Capacity: 11,650
Elevation: 935 m (top) - 785 m (bottom)

Venue Description
Located on Blackcomb Mountain in the resort of Whistler, the new sliding track is integrated into Whistler's long-term resort development plan. The Whistler Sliding Centre will be an excellent site to showcase sliding sports to the public. Its location near several of the resort's world-class hotels will attract many tourists, providing a sustainable revenue stream towards the Centre's long-term operations.

Construction Update
The project features construction of a new 1,450 m concrete sliding track, refrigeration facilities and access road. Construction began in June 2005 with the track slated for completion in fall 2007 to allow for two seasons' use prior to the 2010 Winter Games.

Post-Games Use
The Centre will be operated under the direction of the Whistler Legacy Society, supported by an endowment trust that was established by the federal and provincial governments as part of their 2010 Winter Games venues investment. This high-performance competition centre, located in the heart of the Whistler/Blackcomb resort, will introduce sliding sports to the area's many visitors.

Richmond Oval

Location: Richmond
Distance from Vancouver Olympic Village: 15 km
Venue Capacity: 7,600
Elevation: Sea level

Venue Description
The Richmond Oval site is located on the banks of the Fraser River, 25 minutes southwest from downtown Vancouver's Olympic Village. The site, in the northwest corner of Richmond, is across the river from Vancouver International Airport and near Richmond City Centre.

Construction Update
The Richmond Oval will be an outstanding theatre for sport with a new 400-metre track housed in a 33,750 square metre facility. Before and after the 2010 Winter Games, the multipurpose building will provide opportunities for summer and winter sports and other community uses. Key design elements include a state-of-the art ice plant with superior air quality and climate controls. Ancillary facilities and systems will include offices, timing and athlete monitoring equipment, as well as fitness and strength training areas. Construction began in September 2005 and the goal is to complete the new facility by August 2008 to allow for testing and operational setup well in advance of the 2010 Winter Games.

Post-Games Use
The new Richmond Oval provides the community with
International or NHL-size hockey and short track speed skating surfaces
Major indoor sport field house
High-performance training area
Community wellness centre
Fitness centre
Meeting rooms and academic space
Sports medicine and sciences
Offices for sports associations
Waterfront park

Cypress Mountain Resort

Location: West Vancouver
Distance from Vancouver Olympic Village: 31 km
Venue Capacity: 11,850 in each of two temporary stadiums
Elevation: 930 m

Venue Description
With spectacular views of the city of Vancouver and its harbour, Cypress Mountain is located in Cypress Provincial Park adjacent to the District of West Vancouver. It is served by an excellent highway and has ample parking.

Cypress Venue Project Public Open House
The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) invites the public to an update and overview on the Cypress Venue project.

When: February 8, 2006, from 6pm to 9pm
Where: District of West Vancouver Municipal Hall, Council Chambers

For more information, please visit The District of West Vancouver website.

Construction Update
Venue upgrades include modifications to existing runs, a new in-ground halfpipe, a full snowmaking system and water reservoir, lighting, a new freestyle site for aerials and moguls, and a re-graded parallel giant slalom course. The construction process is scheduled to begin in May 2006, following a comprehensive environmental review. Venue improvements are schedule for completion in November 2007.

Post-Games Use
Cypress Mountain is one of the most popular skiing areas in British Columbia attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. The 2010 Winter Games upgrades will enhance the Cypress experience for recreational and competitive users.

More Info:


http://www.vancouver2010.com



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