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General Motors Place

Not to be confused with Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, also named after Rogers Communications.
Rogers Arena
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Rogers Arena
Former names General Motors Place (1995–2010)
Canada Hockey Place (February 2010)
Location 800 Griffiths Way
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6B 6G1
Coordinates

49°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

Broke ground July 13, 1993[1]
Opened September 21, 1995
Owner Canucks Sports & Entertainment
Operator Canucks Sports & Entertainment
Construction cost C$160 million
($NaN in 2014 dollars)[2]
Architect Brisbin, Brook and Beynon
Structural engineer Stuart Olson Dominion[3]
Services engineer The Mitchell Partnership Inc.[4]
General contractor Huber, Hunt & Nichols/Dominion Construction Joint Venture[5]
Capacity Ice 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)
Basketball:
19,193 (1995–2003)
19,700 (2003–present)
Concert: 19,000
Field dimensions 475,000 square feet (44,100 m2)
Tenants
Vancouver Canucks (NHL) (1995–present)
Vancouver Grizzlies (NBA) (1995–2001)
Vancouver Ravens (NLL) (2001–2004)
Vancouver Voodoo (RHI) (1996)
1998 NHL All-Star Game
1998 NBA Draft
2006 NHL Entry Draft
2010 Winter Olympics (ice hockey venue)

Rogers Arena,[6][7] is an indoor sports arena located at 800 Griffiths Way in the downtown area of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 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, where Vancouver and Toronto were given expansion teams.

The arena seats 18,910 for ice hockey and 19,700 for basketball, with 88 luxury suites, 12 hospitality suites and 2,195 club seats.

It is home to the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and was the site for the ice hockey events at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[8] 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.

History

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, they are employed by Aramark. The stadium's event technical employees, provided through Riggit Services Inc.

Entertainment upgrades

In mid-2006 the arena was upgraded with a ProAd LED ribbon board encircling the upper bowl and shortly thereafter with a $5 million Daktronics ProStar LED scoreboard. The original Mitsubishi Mark IV displays needed to be removed since the worldwide supply of replacement parts was not large enough to keep them operating throughout the 2006–2007 hockey season.

The new LED scoreboard is built around four widescreen video displays that were the largest in the NHL until Bell Centre's upgrades two years later. Measuring 4.13 by 7.3 metres (13.5 by 24.0 ft) they are capable of displaying images in 4.4 trillion colours. Their size combined with their 10 mm pixel spacing gives them an image that is, when viewed from the first row of the upper section at the red line, comparable to watching a 34-inch (860 mm) television at 3.1 metres (10 ft). The corners hold 1.67-by-4.13-metre (5.5 by 13.5 ft) displays with two ring displays each capping the top and bottom. The entire scoreboard weighs 22 tonnes (49,000 lb), 2% less than the one it replaced.[9] The normally three-week assembly period was completed in only one week and as a result there were some minor technical difficulties during the first home game.

The arena received further upgrades in October 2008 but this time it was in the audio department. The 13-year-old Bose sound system was replaced with a newer, more powerful one. As with the original system, the designers used audio modeling software to verify that the design's clarity and power requirements were acceptable.[10]

The system consists of L-Acoustics speakers and amplified controllers and is mixed through a Soundcraft Vi6 digital console. The console and controllers are linked through a redundant fibre network allowing the console to be moved to various places around the building within minutes.[11]

Suspended from the roof are 78 full-range line source cabinets, 12 woofers, 16 subwoofers and 6 full-range cabinets in the scoreboard for additional on-ice coverage. These are driven by 23 LA8 amplifiers providing 165,600 watts of available power at 4 ohms. It is the largest L-Acoustics installation in North America.

The speaker breakdown is as follows.

Speaker groupings
Full-range array Subwoofer array Scoreboard
Components 2 × dV-SUB (1,200 W)
13 × dV-DOSC (447 W)
8 × SB28 (1,225 W) 6 × ARCS (475 W)
Power (RMS) 8,211 W 9,800 W 2,850 W
Quantity 6 2 1
Total power (RMS) 71,716 W

The system was designed by Canucks Sports & Entertainment in partnership with Sennheiser Canada and was installed by Vancouver-based Rocky Mountain Production Services.

Naming rights

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 General Motors would relinquish the naming rights for the arena and that Rogers Communications had agreed to terms on a ten-year sponsorship deal. The arena was subsequently rebranded as Rogers Arena.[12]

Proposed expansion

In July 2012, Aquilini Investment Group, the owner of the 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.[13] Aquilini had originally planned to build the towers with condo units. The switch to rental units provides the City with much-needed rental units. However, The City will lose 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.[14]

Notable events

References

External links

  • Rogers Arena Home Page
  • General Motors Place at Hockeyarenas.net
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