Rogers Arena

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Rogers Arena
Rogers Arena
Exterior of the venue (c.2011)
Former namesGeneral Motors Place (1995–2010)
Canada Hockey Place (February 2010)
Address800 Griffiths Way
Vancouver, BC V6B 6G1
LocationDowntown Vancouver
Coordinates49°16′40″N 123°6′32″W / 49.27778°N 123.10889°W / 49.27778; -123.10889Coordinates: 49°16′40″N 123°6′32″W / 49.27778°N 123.10889°W / 49.27778; -123.10889
Public transitTranslinkexpo.svg Stadium–Chinatown
OwnerCanucks Sports & Entertainment
CapacityIce hockey:
18,422 (1995–2002)
18,514 (2002–2003)
18,630 (2003–2009)
18,810 (2009–2010)
18,860 (2010–2011)
18,890 (2011–2012)
18,910 (2012–present)
19,193 (1995–2003)
19,700 (2003–present)
Concert: 19,000
Field size475,000 sq ft (44,100 m2)
Broke groundJuly 13, 1993[1]
OpenedSeptember 21, 1995
Construction costC$160 million
($249 million in 2018 dollars)[2]
ArchitectBrisbin, Brook and Beynon
Structural engineerStuart Olson Dominion[3]
Services engineerThe Mitchell Partnership Inc.[4]
General contractor
Vancouver Canucks (NHL) (1995–present)
Vancouver Warriors (NLL) (2018–present)
Vancouver Titans (OWL) (2020–future)
Vancouver Grizzlies (NBA) (1995–2001)
Vancouver Voodoo (RHI) (1996)
Vancouver Ravens (NLL) (2001–04)
Rogers Arena interior in 2013

Rogers Arena[6] is an indoor sports arena located at 800 Griffiths Way in the downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia. Opened in 1995, the arena was known as General Motors Place (GM Place) from its opening until July 6, 2010, when General Motors Canada ended its naming rights sponsorship and a new agreement for those rights was reached with Rogers Communications. Rogers Arena was built to replace Pacific Coliseum as Vancouver's primary indoor sports facility and in part due to the National Basketball Association's 1995 expansion into Canada, when Vancouver and Toronto were given expansion teams.

It is home to the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and the Vancouver Warriors of the National Lacrosse League; the arena also hosted the ice hockey events at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[7] The name of the arena temporarily became Canada Hockey Place during the Olympics. It was previously home to the Vancouver Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association from 1995 to 2001.


The arena was completed in 1995 at a cost of C$160 million in private financing to replace the aging Pacific Coliseum as the main venue for events in Vancouver and to serve as the home arena to the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and the Vancouver Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association; the Grizzlies spent six seasons in Vancouver before relocating to Memphis, Tennessee, for the 2001–02 season.

The arena was briefly home to the Vancouver Ravens of the National Lacrosse League from 2002 to 2004; the operations of the team have since been suspended. Attempts were made to revive the team in 2007 and again in 2008.

The employees of the arena belong to a trade union. In 2007, they chose to change their union affiliation from UNITE HERE – Local 40 to the Christian Labour Association of Canada. After many months of struggle the British Columbia Labour Relations Board declared the employees choice of a new union; the employee group includes hosts, housekeeping, security and various event staff at the venue. UNITE-HERE local 40 still represents food service workers in the arena, employed by Aramark; the stadium's event technical employees are provided through Riggit Services Inc.

In 2007, the arena received a new suspended scoreboard, which at the time was the largest in the NHL.[8][9]

The arena was originally named General Motors Place as part of a sponsorship arrangement with General Motors Canada, and was commonly known as "GM Place" or "The Garage", it was temporarily renamed "Canada Hockey Place" for a two-week period during the 2010 Winter Olympics due to Olympics regulations regarding corporate sponsorship of event sites. On July 6, 2010, it was announced that GM had declined to renew the naming rights, and that Rogers Communications had acquired the naming rights under a 10-year deal, under which it was renamed Rogers Arena;[10] the following year, the arena reached a five-year sponsorship deal with PepsiCo, under which it became the exclusive provider of beverages and snacks at Rogers Arena, and gained sponsorship placements.[11] In addition, all concerts held at Rogers Arena promote the venue as Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena.

In July 2012, Aquilini Investment Group, the owners of Rogers Arena and the narrow strip of surrounding land, received approval to build three new highrise towers around the existing arena; the towers would consist primarily of 614 rental units and would be the largest rental project built in Vancouver during the last 30 years. The 650,000-square-foot project includes 753 parking spaces and 216,000 square feet of commercial space.[12] Aquilini Investment Group had originally planned to build the towers with condo units; the switch to rental units provides the City with much-needed rental space. However, the city lost about $35 million in developer contributions to community facilities in the Northeast False Creek area that would have been collected if the buildings had been condos;[13] as of June 2016, the first tower is completed, with the second tower nearing completion.[14]

Notable events[edit]


Rogers Arena during an exhibition basketball game between Canada and China in 2010



Other events[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "General Motors Place". Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada tables 18-10-0005-01 (formerly CANSIM 326-0021) "Consumer Price Index, annual average, not seasonally adjusted". Statistics Canada. January 18, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019. and 18-10-0004-13 "Consumer Price Index by product group, monthly, percentage change, not seasonally adjusted, Canada, provinces, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit". Statistics Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ [1] Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "GM Place - TMP Toronto" (PDF). Retrieved February 18, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Rogers Arena". Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  6. ^ CBC Sports (July 6, 2010). "GM Place renamed Rogers Arena". CBC News.
  7. ^ "Canada Hockey Place". Vancouver 2010.
  8. ^ "Look at Vancouver to see a new scoreboard". East Bay Times. January 29, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Lanaway, Jeremy. "Show Time". Canucks Sports & Entertainment. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
  10. ^ Canadian Press (July 6, 2010). "GM Place to be renamed Rogers Arena". TSN. Archived from the original on July 9, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2010.
  11. ^ October 05; 2011. "Pepsi ousts Coke in Rogers Arena deal". Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Hager, Mike (July 19, 2012). "Vancouver city council approves Aquilini's three new highrise towers beside Rogers Arena". Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  13. ^ Frances Bula (July 15, 2012). "Rental units proposed for Rogers Arena". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved February 18, 2013.
  14. ^ Meiszner, Peter (April 27, 2016). "Second tower of rental apartments at Rogers Arena takes shape -". Retrieved August 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Queen visits GM Place to drop ceremonial puck". Archived from the original on November 22, 2005. Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  16. ^ "UFC 115". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on August 19, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  17. ^ "profile". Retrieved February 18, 2013.
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  19. ^ Jeremy Brand (January 19, 2014). "UFC announces Vancouver event on June 14 for UFC 174". Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  20. ^ UFC Press Release (June 15, 2016). "UFC returns to Vancouver in August". Retrieved June 15, 2016.
  21. ^ "UFC Fight Night on ESPN+: Cowboy vs. Gaethje in Vancouver". ESPN Press Room U.S. September 12, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  22. ^ Martin Kielty. "15 YEARS AGO: AXL ROSE NO-SHOW SPARKS GUNS N' ROSES FAN RIOT". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  23. ^ Rose, Victoria. "The International 8 to take place August 20-25 in Vancouver". The Flying Courier. Polygon. Retrieved March 16, 2018.

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