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Empire Field
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Location East Hastings Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia
Opened June 15, 2010[1][2]
Demolished November – December 2011[3]
Surface FieldTurf
(FIFA-recommended 1-star) Installed in 2010
Capacity 27,528
Tenants
BC Lions (CFL) (2010–2011)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS) (2011)

Empire Field[4] was a temporary outdoor football and soccer stadium built at the former location of Empire Stadium at Hastings Park in Vancouver, British Columbia. It served as the home of the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League from the summer of 2010 until the fall of 2011, when the installation of the retractable roof at BC Place was completed. It also was the home of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major League Soccer from the start of the 2011 MLS season until the fall of the same year.

Construction was completed by Nussli Group in three months, in time for the BC Lions to host their first home game of the 2010 CFL season.[5]

The stadium's grandstands were demolished from November to December 2011.[3] It will revert to a community playing field in 2013,[3] following the opening of the renovated BC Place Stadium.[6]

SeatingEdit

The stadium had a capacity of 27,500 seats,[3] including two roofed main grandstands and twelve VIP suites. 20,500 seats had been equipped with seat shells, 7,000 with bench seating for the balance.[7]

FacilitiesEdit

Broadcast booths were located at the top of both stands. A video replay screen (near the north gate) and score board were located at the top. A translucent white fabric surrounds the stadium and acts as a wall. Grab'N Go was the only food concession and located outside of the stadium along with portable trailer washrooms. Parking was limited to the south side of East Hastings and a larger lot on the west side of Bridgeway.

ReferencesEdit

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Coordinates: 49°16′57.5″N 123°1′59.6″W / 49.282639°N 123.033222°W / 49.282639; -123.033222
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