The University of British Columbia (UBC) is located on a sprawling oceanside campus on Vancouver’s west side. The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) secured an agreement with UBC to locate a new competition arena for the 2010 Winter Games on the site of the existing Thunderbird Winter Sport Complex.
Venue capacity: 7,200
Elevation: 90 meters
The refurbishing of one existing ice sheet and additional construction began in April 2006 and was complete by June 2008 — on budget and four months ahead of its originally scheduled completion date.
Following the 2010 Winter Games, the UBC venue will become a recreational and high-performance multi-sport legacy facility. The new training arena will be easily convertible for ice sledge hockey training and competition use.
VANOC’s investment in the UBC Thunderbird Arena is $38.5 million. The University of British Columbia is responsible for the balance of construction costs.
More sustainability facts about this venue and others are available at vancouver2010.com/sustainability.
Scope of Work for 2010
The redevelopment of the UBC Thunderbird Arena includes the refurbishing of the existing competition arena and the construction of two new ice sheets: one which will be used for the competition arena, and one that will be used for future training.
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