Take a peek behind the scenes of BC's largest multi-purpose venue via the BC Place Blog! You’ll discover how BC Place prepares the venue for spectacular events. Receive exclusive perks, chances to WIN ticket to events and other great prizes! We’ll introduce you to our amazing employees. And we’ll give you the opportunity to catch up on any events you may have missed!

Northern Lights Display - May 2019

May 1st, 2019

The stadium's Northern Lights Display is recognized around the world as a landmark of Vancouver’s skyline. BC Place is honoured to be able to help bring awareness to events, charities and non-profit causes that are important to communities in British Columbia.

Here are some of our lighting initiatives for May:

May 1st - Blue and Green for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness

May 2nd - Grey for Brain Tumour Awareness

May 3rd - Lime Green for Lyme Disease Awareness

May 4th - Blue in advance of the Battle of the Atlantic Ceremony on May 5th

May 5th - Purple for World Pulmonary Hypertension Day

May 6th - Yellow for Darkness Into Light Walk for Mental Health

May 7th - Red in advance of Dress for Success Event on May 8th

May 8th - Purple in advance of World Lupus Day on May 10th

May 12th - Blue, Purple and Green for CIND Awareness

May 13th - Blue and yellow in advance of MPS Awareness Day on May 15th

May 16th - Blue and Green in advance of NF Awareness Day on May 17th

May 17th - Red for World Hypertension Day

May 18th - Teal for Food Allergy Awareness Week

May 19th - Purple for World IBD Day

May 20th - Green for Celiac Disease Awareness

May 21st - Rainbow for World Day of Cultural Diversity

May 22nd - Purple in advance of Schizophrenia and Psychosis Day on May 24th

May 23rd - Blue for BC Sports Hall of Fame Gala

May 26th - Blue and Purple for Huntington's Disease Awareness

Be sure to check back here as we update the list throughout the month!

To learn more or to submit a lighting request, visit https://bit.ly/2EI6LDw.

Employee Spotlight: Karen Carragher, Hosting Supervisor

May 1st, 2019

Each month, our "Employee Spotlight" series showcases the dedicated British Columbians working behind-the-scenes at Canada’s premier stadium. This month, we chatted with Karen Carragher, a Hosting Supervisor at BC Place, who has been with the B.C. Pavilion Corporation, which operates both BC Place and the Vancouver Convention Center, since 2012.

Karen is responsible for overseeing the hosting staff who greet and assist guests at events. She is also a certified trainer for new employees learning about workplace safety and violence prevention.

What makes BC Place such a unique place to work?

"The people. At BC Place, coming into contact with such a diverse group of people, from all sorts of backgrounds, and working together towards a common goal is so special."

In addition to working at the stadium, you're also a teacher?

“Yes! When I came to BC Place, I started off as a host then I got the opportunity to become a team leader, which allowed me to mentor and coach others. I learned so much about how my skills as a teacher can transfer into working with others and leading in a collaborative way.”

What do you enjoy most about your job here?

“I love the spontaneity of live events, and seeing behind-the-scenes. To see what goes on behind-the-scenes, from setting up to security to hosting, everything, you feel the excitement of it all. You see the collaboration; everyone is a piece of the puzzle and we come together to make it work.”

Do you have a favourite event that you've worked?

“I really loved the first Taylor Swift concert I worked. You could feel the excitement in the air and see all these excited young fans. Behind the scenes, we were told that Taylor Swift wanted everything the fans made for her. It was so sweet. Her mom was going around, calling fans down into Taylor’s special meet and greet area. It was interesting to see the stadium’s role in making that all happen. We’re here to work first, but you do get to be a part this big event.”

“I also enjoyed the Aga Khan visit in 2018. It was a very private event, but to be a part of history like that, wow. BC Place was transformed. When you walked in, it was unrecognizable. It was amazing.”

Is there a memory that stands out from your time working at BC Place?

“I’ve been very fortunate to be deployed by Guest Services; the area where guests come when they have concerns. I remember a woman once asked who she could speak to regarding getting together some BC Place memorabilia for a gift basket that she could use at a fundraiser for cancer research. It turns out she was attending the event with her sister who was dying from brain cancer. I asked her where they were sitting, and their seats were okay, but I asked Ticketmaster if we could upgrade them. We ended up being able to do that and they were so grateful. She actually cried thanking us. It is so nice to be able to do things like that sometimes.”

Food Feature: Beast Fries

April 23rd, 2019

Poutine has quickly become a fan-favourite when it comes to stadium food. From classic to short rib, the Canadian specialty is sure to please guests of all ages, but the team at Centerplate wanted to expand beyond the traditional offerings this year. That's how the new "Beast Fries" were created.

"Beast Fries were inspired by a popular dish called 'Animal Fries' in the US," says Dan Johnston from Centerplate. "Our creation is made up of golden french fries layered with melted cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, and topped off with our signature sauce."

The Beast Fries are just one of several new menu items, including Crispy Shrimp Tacos at Steveston’s Fish & Chips, Butter Chicken Curry from Bombay Kitchen, a gluten-free Fiesta Burrito Bowl at Beast on Fire, as well as the Instagram-worthy Outrageous Burger from Lionsgate Grill.

"This dish is a fun interpretation of poutine and part of our quest to create items that are unique and memorable for the fans at BC Place. So far the response has been largely positive!"

Beast Fries are available at The Poutinerie - sections 212 & 239.

Click here to view a full list of BC Place food and beverage options.