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General Information

Beginning of works: 1981
Completion: 19 June 1983
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: original configuration:
Air-supported membrane structure
current configuration:
Cable-suspended membrane structure
Function / usage: Stadium / Arena


Location: , ,
Address: 777 Pacific Boulevard
Coordinates: 49° 16' 36" N    123° 6' 43" W
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Technical Information


height 60 m
seats 60 000
membrane covered area 40 000 m²
building area 40 470 m²


membrane PTFE-coated glass-fiber fabric


May 1980
— August 1980

Concept design

September 1980
— February 1981

Preliminary design

March 1981
— December 1982

Detailed design

April 1981
— June 1983

Construction period.

5 January 2007

A tear occurs in the membrane roof (near Gate G) on the south side near the connection to the concrete structure. The tear's size increase because of the escaping air so that maintenance staff is forced to deflate the roof entirely as intended in such cases. The roof membrane panels come to rest on the steel supports as planned. Melted snow and rain cause the stadium bowl however to flood.

19 January 2007

The roof is reinflated after replacement of the damaged panel with a temporary one.

June 2007

A permanent replacement of the ruptured panel is installed.

16 May 2008

PavCo announces a $150 million dollar renovation project for the stadium. This includes a replacement of the inflatable roof with a retractable one as well as interior renovations (seating, concessions, washrooms).

October 2009

The renovation of the interior and the ring beam is completed in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

May 2010

Work begins on the replacement of the roof.

30 September 2011

The stadium officially re-opens with the new roof.


Initial construction (1981-1983)
Structural engineering
General contractor
Steel construction
Membrane supplier
Roof Reconstruction (2011)
Engineers of Record
Structural engineering
General contractor
Steel construction
Membrane construction
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Specialist consultants

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