BC Place

Venue Operations Information

At this time, no special permits or identification will be required for staff or patrons to gain access to businesses or properties.

Canada Hockey Place (GM Place) will play host to up to three games per day. On a three-game day, start times are as follows:

  • Noon
  • 4 p.m.
  • 9 p.m.

Airport-style security screening stations will open to spectators two hours prior to the start of each game; businesses and residents should expect congestion and increased pedestrian activity starting at 10 a.m. in the areas surrounding Canada Hockey Place

Spectators will enter GM Place from one of two access points:

1. East of GM Place close to the Plaza of Nations

2. West of BC Place just east of Nelson Street

Spectators will exit GM Place via access points at Georgia and Dunsmuir Streets; connecting exiting crowds with the City of Vancouver’s Pedestrian Corridors at Beatty and
Robson Streets (Pedestrian Corridor hours: Noon – Midnight) and public transport

Ticketed dress rehearsals for the Opening Ceremony will take place on February 8 and February 10, with expected audiences of approximately 35,000 and 50,000 respectively. Businesses and residents should expect traffic and pedestrian congestion on both nights starting at 2 p.m.

The Opening Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, February 12 – this will be the busiest and most high-profile event of the 2010 Winter Games; expect pedestrian and Olympic transportation activity and congestion to build in the early afternoon as the venue begins processing spectators through security screening procedures starting at 2 p.m. We strongly encourage you to avoid driving into the downtown core and to consider alternative modes of transportation

Nightly Victory Ceremonies (6:30 p.m.) will feature medals presentations as well as a feature musical performance; these ceremonies will take place each day of the Winter Games, with the exception of February 13, February 22, and February 27. Ceremonies are expected to draw roughly 30,000 spectators, who will begin arriving at the stadium for security screening starting at 4:30 p.m. Victory Ceremonies will end at roughly 9:30 p.m. each night

Between Smithe and Georgia streets:

  • Midnight to noon—Street parking restrictions only—vehicle traffic will be permitted.
  • Noon to midnight—No street parking. No through traffic between Smithe and Georgia.
  • Tenants and patrons of the Pivotal Building will still be able to access the Beatty Street entrance to the parkade from Smithe Street or from Beatty Street west of Smithe.
  • Access to the lane running behind the Hampton Inn, Georgian Court, YWCA and Sandman hotels will also be maintained.

Between Georgia and Dunsmuir streets:

  • East side of the road will be cordoned off for pedestrian traffic only. However, one lane is expected to be kept open for northbound vehicle traffic at all times.
  • Access to the Costco parkade off Beatty Street will be maintained.

Expo and Pacific boulevards (between Nelson and Quebec streets) will be closed for the duration of the Olympic Games.

  • The Edgewater Casino will remain open during the 2010 Winter Games.

Both the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts will be closed for the duration of the Games.

  • Tenants of Citadel Place will have access (including vehicular) to their residences via Dunsmuir Street. No special permit or identification is required for residents to gain access to their building.

Walking, cycling and transit will be the fastest ways to get around during the Games. There will be an increase in traffic and additional parking restrictions throughout Vancouver, the downtown and, in particular, in the areas adjacent to Games venues. It is strongly recommended that you choose a mode other than driving. If you must drive, fill up your car with passengers. Find ride matches at ride-share.com. For more help building your Games travel plan, please visit travelsmart2010.ca.

Canada Hockey Place (GM Place) and BC Place Venue Map [PDF, 357KB]

Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States United States 9 15 13 37
Germany Germany 10 13 7 30
Canada Canada 14 7 5 26
Norway Norway 9 8 6 23
Austria Austria 4 6 6 16
Russian Federation Russian Federation 3 5 7 15
Korea Korea 6 6 2 14
China China 5 2 4 11
Sweden Sweden 5 2 4 11
France France 2 3 6 11
Switzerland Switzerland 6 0 3 9
Netherlands Netherlands 4 1 3 8
Czech Republic Czech Republic 2 0 4 6
Poland Poland 1 3 2 6
Italy Italy 1 1 3 5
Japan Japan 0 3 2 5
Finland Finland 0 1 4 5
Australia Australia 2 1 0 3
Belarus Belarus 1 1 1 3
Slovakia Slovakia 1 1 1 3
Croatia Croatia 0 2 1 3
Slovenia Slovenia 0 2 1 3
Latvia Latvia 0 2 0 2
Great Britain Great Britain 1 0 0 1
Estonia Estonia 0 1 0 1
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 0 1 0 1

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