Pacific Coliseum

  • Did you know upgrades to the Pacific Coliseum include accessibility enhancements such as updating the venue’s entrances, washrooms and concession areas?
  • There will be approximately 30 field-of-play changeovers between the two sports (short track speed skating) and figure skating at this venue.
  • For both figure skating and short track speed skating, the existing hockey boards and glass will be completely removed and replaced by a unique, freestanding short track speed skating padding system to cushion and protect the athletes in case of falls.
  • The short track speed skating padding system will remain in place for figure skating and short track speed skating, but changeovers between the sports will vary depending on the needs for a particular competition set up. There are more than 80 sequentially numbered pads of which approximately 35 are switched between the two sports.
  • Torino was the first Olympic Winter Games to utilize a freestanding system and considerations from that system, and other existing system were modeled and improved upon as VANOC produced this design and ensured it met the approval of the International Skating Union.
  • For figure skating, kick plates are put in place so skaters can avoid catching a skate on the foot padding required for short track. Kick plates are removed for short track events.
  • The Vancouver 2010 short track padding system is a unique freestanding system designed specifically for VANOC and the venue layout. Careful engineering went into the full design considering pad sizes, door locations, figure skating needs (broadcast cut-outs and kick plates) and images representing the Look of the Games for both sports.
  • Changeovers between the sports will take 50 people approximately 15 minutes for the main physical changeover, and then another 30 to 45 minutes for additional perimeter items.
  • Changeovers can include anything from ice gate changes to special broadcasting cut-outs in the padding system to best display the sport. The timing deck for short track becomes the platform for figure skating judges, requiring a platform extension. The padding is also altered along the front of the figure skating judge’s platform to allow the judges a good sightline of the skaters.
  • The chief ice maker carefully monitors climatic and ice conditions of the venue through the entire Games period and adjusts it according to variables such as the sport, the number of spectators and the weather.
  • Eight ice resurface machine drivers (trained for three years in sport-specific ice) will maintain the field of play throughout the Games period.
  • Ice thickness varies slightly between the figure skating and short track speed skating. A thicker (five centimetre) and softer ice is needed for figure skating, while a slightly thinner (four centimetre) and firmer ice is required for short track speed skating.
  • The target temperature at ice level is 18 degrees Celsius for figure skating and 16 degrees Celsius for short track speed skating. The target relative humidity for both sports is approximately 40 per cent.
  • Ice conditions will be adjusted slightly throughout each day to suit whichever sport is scheduled at night.