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BC Place to host Canucks-Senators in 2014 Heritage Classic

Jul 10, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

BC Place

Long rumored, the NHL announced today that the Vancouver Canucks will host the Ottawa Senators in the Tim Hortons Heritage Classic at BC Place on Sunday, March 2, 2014.

The game will be one of six NHL contests played at football/baseball stadiums next season.

BC Place, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics, seats around 55,000 for football and is home to the CFL’s BC Lions and MLS’s Vancouver Whitecaps.

Following the Olympics, a retractable roof was added to the facility as part of a major renovation. (Which is good in this case, because if you haven’t heard, it rains a lot in Vancouver.)

“With one of the world’s great facilities as the setting, and one of the world’s most scenic cities as the backdrop, the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place in Vancouver will honor hockey’s Canadian heritage,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a release.

The Heritage Classic has been held twice, first in Edmonton (2003), then in Calgary (2011).

The 2014 edition will be shown on NBC Sports Network in the United States and CBC in Canada.

Other outdoor games next season will be held at Michigan Stadium (Winter Classic), Yankee Stadium, Soldier Field, and Dodger Stadium.

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  1. kingcobraman - Jul 10, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    sounds good… I will go see it…

  2. davebabychreturns - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    “One of the world’s great facilities”? Jeez, Gary.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    An outdoor game being played indoors, that’s some sweet action! It’ll be just like a game at the former GM Place but with much worse sight lines.

    Yes it’s true that the stadium has a retractable roof, but anyone familiar with Vancouver in the winter knows the roof will be closed due to rain.

  4. tyler4richardson - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    B.C. Place is a decent stadium. Pretty bland even with the insanely over priced renovations. I don’t know if we can even call it a retractable roof there. It’s more like a roof with a small window. A Canucks game with 50,000 will still be sweet and worth it. But that is all this will be……. A Canucks game with 50,000 and not an outdoor game like fans are used to. That’s my opinion at least. Should still be a great game for fans to attend but not as fun as the original Heritage or outdoor games.

  5. sjsblitz - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Why against the Sens when you have perfectly good Oilers and Flames fans nearby? Just a thought, no offense Sens fans

    • imleftcoast - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Montreal or Toronto would be my first choices having seen hundreds of Oiler and Flame regular season games. The Sens and Canucks will both be struggling and desperate to make the playoffs, but obviously the Rangers would have been a funnier matchup with 60k booing Alain.

      • kitshky - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        What in the world makes you think that Canuck fans would boo Alain??

        He’s not a player that demanded a trade or a Free Agent who snubbed the team for greener pastures, he’s the winningest coach in franchise history with a likeable personality who got fired because it’s easier to fire one guy instead of an entire locker room …what about that in any way shape or form is gonna make a hockey fan boo?

    • tmlhockeyfan - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Even Winnipeg would have made more sense than Ottawa.

      …but whatever. Neither team has had one yet, so it’s good for the fans.

  6. canucks30 - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Why not just play every home game there? Would generate a ton more revenue.

  7. kitshky - Jul 10, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Cant wait to see what they charge for this one…

  8. killerpgh - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    6 out door games next year. It’s kind of losing its appeal. One good things with all this “special” games will hopefully be a lot of profit for the league/teams and cause the salary cap to rise.

  9. heynyc61 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    It can’t lose any appeal yet… The games haven’t been played so we don’t know…. I think it’s awesome….

  10. ray2013 - Jul 10, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    So with six of these mega-games, and re-location peace in Phoenix (at least for now), how much do you think the cap will jump next year? Those will be a lot of revenues added to the coffers.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      The biggest revenue bump will be from the Canadian tv deals. One thing I wonder if is they built in a mechanism to prevent a runaway cap like the nfl did?

      • ray2013 - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:22 AM

        I saw a figure earlier, between all of the amnesty buy-outs and the total figure of UFA contracts, owners have spent close to half a billion dollars this summer. With the continued growth, I just wonder what the point of the lockout? So a couple dozen players could get bought out?

  11. acorp11 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    Not great – I’m a season ticket holder for the Caps, and like mentioned above, the ‘retractable roof’ is more like a window.

  12. desertfan - Jul 11, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    As a season ticket holder I am in receipt of a letter from the Canucks.

    Although ambiguous it appears that season ticket holders will be refunded for the scheduled game, and then offered first right to purchase a ticket for THE EVENT.

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