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Canucks GM is confident Heritage Classic at BC Place will sell out

Dec 5, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

The sun was shining and the temperature was around the freezing mark. If today was the date of the 2014 Heritage Classic, it would’ve been ideal conditions for outdoor — well, quasi-outdoor — hockey in Vancouver.

But today isn’t March 2, so fingers are still crossed that the rain will stay away and the retractable roof of BC Place will be open when the Canucks host the Ottawa Senators that Sunday.

Here’s an NHL rendering of what the stadium might look like during the game:


While Canucks general manager Mike Gillis called it “incredibly exciting” at today’s promotional press conference, the idea of an NHL game at BC Place, in front of over 50,000 fans, hasn’t been met with total enthusiasm. Wrote columnist Tony Gallagher in The Province when the event was announced in July:

This is really a test, an examination of the hockey market here that everyone knows is pretty strong. They want to find out just exactly how stupid and gullible people are when it comes to NHL hockey, and it’s pretty clear they are betting a fair bit of money that you fans are literally as dumb as a bag of hammers.

So yeah, Tony’s not really on board.

Whether the fans get on board remains to be seen. Tickets officially went on sale to the public this morning, and Gillis expressed confidence that the game would sell out.

“Absolutely,” he said.

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 will be held this season at Michigan Stadium (Winter Classic), Yankee Stadium, Soldier Field, and Dodger Stadium.

  1. muckleflugga - Dec 5, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    with alice cooper, the liberace tent revival, and the absolutely last appearance of reveen the impossibilist [ posthumously ] being the only other shows due in vancouver this winter, mr. gillis may be right…rare as that may seem

    but those sweaters, my word…perhaps day-glo crazy striping, black lights, serious deployment of strobes and a liberal distribution of locally grown herbs and mushrooms will enhance the effect and the game…

    maybe now you can’t hear them, but you will
    if you just take hold of my hand

    oh, but are you experienced
    have you ever been experienced
    not necessarily stoned, but beautiful…

    • blomfeld - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Notwithstanding the Lliberace & Reveen shows, I doubt if they’ll get more than 35 K for this game … perhaps 40 ‘tops’ if they drop their pants with the pricing. Nonetheless, I wish for this game to be a ‘divine’ success for the Canucks! :)

      • micasa81 - Dec 5, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        Ha ha, I was just about to post that muckleflugga is shaping up to be Blomfeld 2.0. Speak of the devil! Not that I mind you guys hanging around, I enjoy a side of gibberish with my hockey stories.

      • blomfeld - Dec 6, 2013 at 2:11 AM

        Listen Micasa …

        while I don’t know Muckleflugga from Adam, I’m nonetheless able to ascertain that he’s a quality person who has ‘something’ to say … therefore save your own ‘gibberish’ and get with the program eh ? … after all, I once knew Blomfeld and he was a friend of mine … and you sir are no Blomfeld !

  2. sunk500 - Dec 5, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Checked tickets shortly after they came on sale. $232 for 400 level tickets (best available).

    Would love to go, but that’s a lot of money. More than I paid for playoff tickets Canucks-Sharks Stanley cup Semi finals 2 years go.

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 5, 2013 at 7:08 PM


    too much is right

    should be a great party all the same, in and around the stadium…hope for a warm dry stretch

    too bad they couldn’t have set it up for hawks or wing or kings…sens, a little to dry for my taste and pocket book

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