On today’s date in 1983, the 60,000-seat domed stadium BC Place opened in Vancouver at a cost of $126 million ($267 million in 2015 dollars) to build.
This year, the Royal Canadian Mint struck a $75 gold coin to mark the beginning of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will see its championship game played at BC Place on July 5. Canadian artist Tony Bianco created a highly detailed design of the Vancouver venue, featuring its newly installed columns designed to support the stadium’s retractable roof – the largest of its kind in the world. A soccer ball soars above the stadium in celebration of the 2015 tournament while orcas in the foreground and mountains in the background introduce quintessential images of Canada’s West Coast.
In total, five group games, two round of sixteen matches, one quarter final and the final will be played in the stadium.
BC Place also played host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2014 NHL Heritage Classic.
Including its 2009-11 renovations, the total cost of construction for BC Place was $795 million in 2015 dollars.