Rogers Arena

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Rogers Arena
GM Place
The Garage
The Rogers Arena (2011)
The Rogers Arena (2011)
Earlier names

General Motors Place (1995-2010)
Canada Hockey Place ( Olympia 2010 )

place 800 Griffiths Way Vancouver , British Columbia V6B 6G1, Canada
Coordinates 49 ° 16 '40.3 "  N , 123 ° 6' 31.6"  W Coordinates: 49 ° 16 '40.3 "  N , 123 ° 6' 31.6"  W.
owner Canucks Sports and Entertainment
operator Canucks Sports and Entertainment
start of building July 13, 1993
opening September 21, 1995
First game September 23, 1995
Vancouver Canucks - Mighty Ducks of Anaheim ( Preseason )
October 13, 1995
Vancouver Grizzlies - Portland Trail Blazers
surface Concrete
maple - parquet
costs 160 million CAD
architect Brisbin, Brook and Beynon
capacity Ice hockey
18,910 places (since 2012)
18,890 places (2011–2012)
18,860 places (2010–2011)
18,810 places (2009–2010)
18,630 places (2003–2009)
18,514 places (2002–2003)
18,422 places (1995–2002)
19,700 seats (since 2003)
19,193 seats (1995–2003)
19,000 seats

The Rogers Arena is a multi-purpose arena in the Canadian city ​​of Vancouver , British Columbia Province . The arena is the home stadium of the ice hockey team the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Lacrossemannschaft the Vancouver Warriors from the National Lacrosse League (NLL). The Vancouver Ravens from the National Lacrosse League and the Vancouver Grizzlies from the National Basketball Association (NBA) used to be at home in "The Garage". The Ravens stopped playing in 2004 and the Grizzlies were relocated to the US city ​​of Memphis , Tennessee , due to a lack of success and low audience numbers. The Rogers Arena is connected with the Stadium-Chinatown Station to the route network of the SkyTrain public transport system .


On March 29, 1994 the official name of the arena was announced. General Motors of Canada has been a name sponsor for twenty years and paid CAD 18.5 million for it  . Since 2010 the arena has been sponsored by the telecommunications company Rogers Communications . The name rights contract has a term of ten years. During the 2010 Winter Olympics , the hall was given the advertising-free name Canada Hockey Place according to the specifications of the IOC .


The foundation stone was laid on July 13, 1993. The construction work itself only started shortly before Christmas on December 23 of that year. Completed in 1995, what was then General Motors Place was officially opened on September 21 of that year with the event "Horizons: An Inaugural Celebration". The building was built with private financing of CAD 160 million  . It was the first privately funded, multi-purpose sports arena in Canada since Maple Leaf Gardens opened in Toronto in 1931. The Rogers Arena replaced the Pacific Coliseum , the former home ground of the Canucks, in 1995 and is now one of the most important venues for events in Vancouver.

In the Rogers Arena, which is in the immediate vicinity of the BC Place Stadium , 18,910 places are available for ice hockey games and 19,700 places for basketball games. The sports arena has 75 luxury suites and 2,195 club seats. The Canucks played their first ice hockey game against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim . The pre-season game took place on September 23, 1995. The Vancouver Grizzlies celebrated their premiere in the new hall on October 13, 1995 against the Portland Trail Blazers .

On November 17, 2004, the board of directors of the Aquilini Investment Group, Francesco Aquilini, negotiated a contract with John McCaw, the owner of the Canucks at the time, which gave him 50 percent of the Canucks and the stadium. Around two years later, on November 8, 2006, Francesco Aquilini became the sole owner of the Vancouver Canucks and the Rogers Arena.

In the middle of 2006, the arena was equipped with a "ProAd LED Ribbon Board", an electronic advertising board that surrounds the upper part of the spectator tiers in a ribbon-like manner . Shortly afterwards, the original video cube was replaced by a new “ProStar LED Scoreboard”. The LED video cube offers four screens, each measuring 24  ft  × 13.5 ft (7.32 m × 4.11 m), which were the largest screens in the NHL until 2008. The video surfaces ( HD ready ) can reproduce a spectrum of 4.4  trillion colors. In addition, the grid dimension of the individual pixels is only 10 mm. In addition, there are 13.5 ft × 5.5 ft (4.11 m × 1.68 m) large screens at the corners and a ring-shaped display on the top and bottom of the display board. The video cube weighs 49,000  lbs (around 22.2  t ).

Since 2018, with the Vancouver Warriors , a lacrosse team of the NLL has again been at home in the arena.

Special events

  • The first event was a Bryan Adams concert on September 18, 1995.
  • 2002: Queen Elizabeth II threw in the puck on October 6, 2002 during a friendly game between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks as part of a ceremonial faceoff . She was accompanied on the ice by the Canadian ice hockey legend Wayne Gretzky . The monarch was present during the first third of the game due to a visit to Canada on the occasion of the golden jubilee of her accession to the throne.
  • 2005: Recording of the music video to the song City of Blinding Lights by U2 in GM Place
  • 2007: venue of the first concert of the band The Police's reunification tour
  • 2007: Venue of the eighth game of the 2007 Super Series between the junior teams of Canada and Russia on September 9, 2007
  • 2007: Preseason NBA game between the Phoenix Suns and the Seattle SuperSonics on October 26, 2007. It was the first NBA game that has taken place in Vancouver since the Grizzlies left.
  • 2010: Games of the women's and men's Olympic ice hockey tournaments . For the first time at the Olympic Games, the NHL ice rink format was adopted. This decision was made so that the number of spectators and the associated profit would be as high as possible, which would not have been the case if a temporary, smaller ice rink with the international ice rink format had been built exclusively for the Olympic Games.


Interior panorama of GM Place (2006)

See also

Web links

Commons : Rogers Arena  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e f General Motors Place (English)
  2. GM Place renamed Rogers Arena. In: CBC / Radio-Canada , July 6, 2010, accessed September 24, 2018 . (English)
  3. Jeremy Lanaway: Show Time. In: National Hockey League , October 26, 2006, accessed September 24, 2018 .
  4. Vancouver's national lacrosse team renamed Warriors. In: CTV , September 21, 2018, accessed September 24, 2018 .
  5. Queen visits GM Place to drop ceremonial puck ( Memento from November 22, 2005 in the Internet Archive ) (English)
  6. Canada Hockey Place ( Memento of October 12, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) (English)