Spectator Guide


Official Vancouver 2010 Map (PDF, 8.5 MB)

Official Whistler 2010 Map (7.7 MB)

  • Arrive Early

    Plan your trip so that you’re at the venue well before the scheduled start of the event. Gates open one to two hours before the start of competition at city and Whistler venues. Gates open four hours prior to the start of the Opening Ceremony, three hours prior to the start of the Closing Ceremony and two hours prior to the start of the Victory Ceremonies.

  • Travelling To Venues
    In Metro Vancouver, public transit is the best way to go. If you’re heading to Whistler, options include commercial motorcoach and rideshare/carpool. Parking for spectators is at the Whistler Paralympic Park spectator parking lots.

  • Dress Appropriately

    Dress for cold and wet weather — warmly, in layers and in waterproof clothing. Remember to wear suitable footwear as you may have to walk on uneven, snowy or icy surfaces.

  • Have Your Tickets Ready

    Be sure to have your tickets with you as you must have a valid ticket to enter a venue. Treat your tickets like cash; lost or stolen tickets will not be replaced or refunded.

  • Prepare For The Security Screening

    Avoid taking large bags to the venues. If you are unsure of what you can and cannot bring with you, check the prohibited and restricted items list.

  • Your Payment Options

    Visa cards and cash are the only methods of payment accepted at Paralympic venues.

  • Accessibility

    All venues have been reviewed for accessibility. If you have a specific need, see the nearest staff member for assistance.

  • Be Informed

    At the venue, look for wayfinding signage, listen to announcements and read the message boards — this will provide you with the information you need to make the most of your experience. Is there still something you need to know? Don’t hesitate to visit our information booths located at each venue.

Spectator Guide in Large Print PDF Format

Information in this PDF version of the spectator guide is accurate at the time of printing.  Please check vancouver2010.com for the latest information. 

Download sections of the document:

1. Your Tickets (PDF, 9.1 MB)

Where To Buy Tickets
Additional Ticketing Information
Paralympic Competition Schedule

2. Spectator Information (PDF, 3.5 MB)

At The Venue
Venue Facilities And Services
Spectators With A Disability
Know Your Team 2010 Volunteers
Stay Healthy

3. Getting There (PDF, 4.9 MB)

Know Before You Go
Getting Around Metro Vancouver
To Whistler Venues
Getting Around Whistler

4. Venues (PDF, 6.1 MB) *This PDF file contains all the venues.  Individual venue PDF files are available below.

BC Place (PDF, 1.7 MB)
UBC Thunderbird Arena (PDF, 1.3 MB)
Vancouver Paralympic Centre (PDF, 1.5 MB)
Whistler Medals Plaza (PDF, 1.0 MB)
Whistler Creekside (PDF, 1.4 MB)
Whistler Paralympic Park (PDF, 1.9 MB)

5. Ceremonies And Celebrations (PDF, 4.5 MB)

Opening And Closing Ceremonies
Victory Ceremonies
Celebration Sites
Cultural Olympiad

6. More . . . (PDF, 3.5 MB)

Meet Team 2010
The Torch Relay
Sustainability At VANOC
Aboriginal Participation
The Real 2010 Experience
Licensing And Merchandising
Ticket License Agreement
Vancouver 2010 Partners And Sponsors
Helpful Contacts And Websites

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