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Employee Spotlight: Joseph Richard, Senior Manager of Event Services

March 21st, 2019

Each month, our "Employee Spotlight" series showcases the dedicated British Columbians working behind-the-scenes at Canada’s premier stadium. This month, we sat down with Joseph Richard, the Senior Manager of Event Services at BC Place, who has been with the B.C. Pavilion Corporation, which operates both BC Place and the Vancouver Convention Center, for 35 years.

Joseph is responsible for overseeing the events department, which takes the initial idea for an event from the sales team and client and then coordinates all of the logistics required to turn it into the successful sporting event, concert or cultural gathering people from around the world come to Vancouver to enjoy.

What do you love about your job?

"My favourite part of the job is the people I get to meet and the relationships that I can form with an incredible variety of individuals. Sometimes balancing the external and internal requirements for an event can be challenging. For example, what the client is looking for and what the building can and can't do, but we usually manage to meet in the middle and make it work which is rewarding."

Is there an event you've worked on that stands out as your favourite?

“I’ve actually got three. The first is the 1994 Grey Cup, which was the first Grey Cup I did in the building. I was fortunate enough to form a really good friendship with the head coach, Dave Ritchie, so that victory meant a lot for me when Dave was able to pull that off with the team. It was very early on in my event management career at the stadium; I had just returned from working for three years at the Vancouver Convention Centre."

"The next one was the Paul McCartney concert in 2012. Paul McCartney has always been one of my favourite artists. The first rock and roll album I ever bought was Wings Over America so that was huge for me. I just love the body of his work, and then when I had the chance to work with his people and they were so amazing, it just kind of made everything come together for me."

"My third favourite event was the Times of India Film Awards. It was probably one of the biggest cultural events we ever did in the building. I grew up with a lot of Indo-Canadian friends and Bollywood movies, especially those starring Sunny Deol are a guilty pleasure of mine, so having the ability to see some of the huge Bollywood stars that I grew up with was great. It was an amazing event from the standpoint of its cultural significance and also opening up BC Place to a whole audience that normally wouldn’t have come to this building.”

How has working at the stadium impacted your life?

“I actually met my wife here. I met my wife, Rachel, when she was staying with a friend who used to work at BC Place and she came on a tour of the building."

What is something the public may not know about BC Place?

“I think one thing the public may not be aware of is how much BC Place is a community partner. Hosting something like the BC High School Football Championships gives a safe environment for the kids to perform at their highest level with perfect conditions so that a bad field will not determine who wins the game. It's often one of the few games when the scouts from NCAA or Canadian colleges make it down to watch these kids so it’s great that they’re playing in an environment where it’s their skills determining who wins, not who’s got the best shoes or who’s lucky enough to have the best conditions that day. We’ve been a community partner with the Subway Bowl and the team that puts it on since I’ve been at the stadium in 1994 and it’s amazing to see the number of kids that have had that chance to perform at a high level and go on to pursue their athletic careers.”

What event are you most excited for at the stadium this year?

“I’m most excited for the return of Paul McCartney this year. As I said, I’m a huge fan and I’m really looking forward to that. I’m also looking forward to the BC Lions 2019 season. After a lot of years with Wally Buono at the helm, they’ve had a big administration change and they’re shifting the way they approach a lot of things, so I’m looking forward to the Lions coming back as well.”

Canada battles French Guiana to secure a spot in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup

March 19th, 2019

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will call on the home crowd for their last match of Concacaf Nations League Qualifying at BC Place on Sunday, March 24th. Canada must beat French Guiana to guarantee a spot in both the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup and 2019-20 Concacaf Nations League Group A. Fans are encouraged to be there to cheer on Canada’s soccer heroes and next generation of up-and-coming young stars. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.ca starting as low as $20.

“Every game you play at home is special, but this game has the little something extra as the result could really shape the destiny for Canada,” said John Herdman, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Head Coach. “For the people of British Columbia, they’ve been amazing at being there for Canada when we’ve needed them most and we need them out again on March 24th to help this team make history by qualifying for Concacaf Nations League Group A”.

BC Place Early Bird Specials - Sunday, March 24th, 2019 from 2:00pm - 2:30pm

NEW! $3.25 OFF BUFFALO CHICKEN TENDER BURGER AND FRIES!
Early Bird Special $9.00 | reg. $12.25
Buffalo chicken tenders, crisp lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapeno Havarti cheese, Frank's RedHot & mayo.

Available at Lionsgate Grill, sections 206, 215, 228, 242 and 254

NEW! $3.25 OFF BUTTER CHICKEN CURRY!
Early Bird Special
$9.00 | reg. $12.25
Boneless chicken thigh, fenugreek, creamy tomato masala.

Available at Bombay South Asian Kitchen, section 222

NEW! $3.75 OFF L'IL DEVIL SAUSAGE!
Early Bird Special
$9.00 | reg. $12.25

Sauteed pepper & onion, soft-bite bun, served with kettle chips.

Available at Beast on Fire, sections 217 and 236

$3.25 OFF BUDWEISER 24oz DRAUGHT BEER!
Early Bird Special $12.00 | reg. $15.25

Available at Dawson Dogs - sections 201, 214, 227, 233, 241, Taps Beer Express - sections 208, 213, 219, 240, The Poutinerie - sections 212 and 239, Budweiser Beer Portables -sections 230 and 251

Available in Premium Service areas at Southeast and Southwest Lounges

$3.50 OFF REDBULL (250ml)!
Early Bird Special $3.00 | reg. $6.50

Available at section 114 Budweiser Beer Portable, Dawson Dogs - sections 201, 214, 227, 233, 241, Taps Beer Express - sections 208, 213, 219, 240, Commercial Drive Pizza - section 222 and 249, Budweiser Beer Portables -sections 230 and 251

NEW! $2 OFF "TACHOS"!
Early Bird Special $7.00 | reg. $9.00

Tater tots, yellow cheddar, house cheese sauce, jalapeno, sour cream, fresh salsa.

Available exclusively in the Club Lounges and 147 Lounge

For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.canadasoccer.com

A homegrown hero returns to BC Place

March 15th, 2019

Alphonso Davies will return to BC Place on Sunday, March 24th with Canada's Men's National Team to face French Guiana in a crucial Concacaf Nations League qualifying match. The event will be a homecoming for one of the most promising soccer stars to ever play at BC Place.

At just 18 years old, Alphonso Davies is one of the greatest players to come out the MLS, but the story of his perseverance and success off the field is just as impressive as his performance on it.

Born in a Ghanaian refugee camp after his parents had fled the civil war in Liberia, Davies and his family struggled to survive.

"It was hard to live because the only way you survive sometimes is you have to carry guns," recalled Alphonso's father, Debeah. "We didn't have any interest in shooting guns. So, we decided to just escape from there. They have a program called resettlement, and they said 'OK, you have to fill in a form for Canada.' We went through the interview and everything, and made it, and came over here."

The Davies family immigrated to Canada when Alphonso was five, eventually settling in Edmonton, Alberta. It was there his talents started to shine.

"He's just one of those kids who had a permanent smile on his face, always dancing in the hallways. He's such a natural talent. Anything he touched — track, basketball, any sport — he was the kid," said Melissa Guzzo, a former teacher.

Davies was then recommended to join a free after-school soccer league for inner-city kids in elementary school who can't afford registration fees or equipment. The founder of the group quickly saw the young boy's potential.

"I saw him make his first touch, and I knew, immediately. This kid has a gift for the game," Tim Adams remembered after witnessing just a few minutes of Davies magic at an end-of-year tournament. "Other kids I've seen have had that level of athleticism. But he had the mind. He was way more than a guy who could kick the ball into the back of the net."

This led Adams to call local soccer coach Marco Bossio who quickly agreed.

"There was something special about this boy," the St. Nicholas Soccer Academy director said. "He had lightning-quick feet and speed with the ball. I knew that was something special at that age. I asked him what his plans were and he told me he would be playing for us next season. We were delighted. We have a lot of kids from different communities, so he fit in right away."

It wasn't until he began playing at St. Nicholas that Davies thought about playing soccer professionally.

"To be honest, I was just trying to play for fun, to keep myself active and keep myself out of trouble," Davies said. "I didn't think I was really good, I was just playing the game because I enjoyed playing it with my friends. Then once I started playing organized soccer, parents, coaches and other teammates were telling me to keep going and that I could become something so I started believing it. That’s what started me wanting to become a professional. That’s when I started training hard to become a professional."

By the age of 14, Davies had outgrown his teams in Edmonton and enrolled in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ residency program.

His progress was rapid and, after becoming the youngest player to appear in the United Soccer League, he made history as the first player born in the 2000s to play in the MLS. He was just 15 years, eight months and 15 days old.

"When he came in, we knew that he was a prospect for sure," recalled Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi. "I"m not sure that we would have gone overboard at that point and said he was going to make it and be something really special. For me, he's a little bit of an anomaly. When he came in, he was part of the U16 team and within months he went from U16 to U18, WFC2 [Whitecaps Football Club] to the senior team. That's very rare that happens, and it's very rare that it will happen that much in the future."

Davies quickly caught the attention of Canada's national team. He had already represented the country at U17 and U20 level when he was called up for the senior side, debuting against Curaçao on June 14th, 2017. He had only obtained his Canadian citizenship a week earlier.

"That was a great moment for the family," Davies remembered. "I'm glad I could get it. It's going to mean a lot, representing the country I've lived in for most of my life. Having that [Canadian] crest on my chest playing for them is going to mean a lot for me."

At just 16 years old, Davies became Canada's youngest ever goalscorer and the youngest to score at a Gold Cup with his goal against French Guiana, as well as the first player born in the 21st century to score at a major international tournament.

Davies status as a soccer superstar was granted but the young man represented more than just a prodigious athlete.

"Alphonso Davies is somebody that all our players can aspire to become," Canada national team coach John Herdman told the Edmonton Sun. "He underlines what Canada is. It is a country that accepts all."

Alphonso Davies signed the biggest MLS transfer deal in history in July 2018, agreeing to leave Vancouver Whitecaps FC at the end of the season to join Bayern Munich one of the world’s biggest and most successful clubs.

On March 24th, Davies will return to BC Place with Canada's Men's National Team to face French Guiana in a crucial Concacaf Nations League qualifying match. Don't miss your chance to cheer him on as he plays on home soil for the first time since joining Bayern Munich. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.canadasoccer.com