A leaky situation for BC Place


Summary

VANCOUVER – With only four more days until a crowd of thousands packs into BC Place for the BC Lions game and the start of the retractable roof era, some serious concerns about how weatherproof that roof is.

It appears there are now some clear challenges making sure the 500-million dollar renovation is capable of sheltering event-goers from the elements when it’s supposed to.

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On the day one of the first of many fall rainstorms hit downtown Vancouver, it appeared all was well at BC place from a distance, but workers could be seen working feverishly in the downpour on the roof this afternoon.

On the inside, Global was able to obtain images of rain pouring in, the covered seats and floors sopping.

The jumbotron was still working, but electricity and water don’t mix.

The water was falling from the new roof, and even the artificial turf field was drenched with rain.

Global News received a tip from someone working on the project that the new roof had been closed and was leaking badly in the rain.

That with an opening weekend only four days away. On Friday night, the BC Lions will play the Edmonton Eskimos and on Sunday the Whitecaps play Portland.

“I saw the video of it opening. It looked pretty complicated, it looked like a lot could go wrong with it,” says one man.

Another woman says there are always things going wrong with big projects like that, so she is not surprised.

Pavilion Corporation representatives were too busy to talk on camera. Global was told they’ve been in non-stop meetings making plans for this upcoming weekend. But the PR firm working on their behalf says the roof is not leaking. It is still under construction and there is nothing to worry about.

They say they have plenty of time to finish the roof by Friday, and everyone who is planning to go to the Lions game is hoping they’re right.

Right now the forecast is calling for 60 percent chance of showers.
 


VANCOUVER – With only four more days until a crowd of thousands packs into BC Place for the BC Lions game and the start of the retractable roof era, some serious concerns about how weatherproof that roof is.

It appears there are now some clear challenges making sure the 500-million dollar renovation is capable of sheltering event-goers from the elements when it’s supposed to.

Story continues below

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On the day one of the first of many fall rainstorms hit downtown Vancouver, it appeared all was well at BC place from a distance, but workers could be seen working feverishly in the downpour on the roof this afternoon.

On the inside, Global was able to obtain images of rain pouring in, the covered seats and floors sopping.

The jumbotron was still working, but electricity and water don’t mix.

The water was falling from the new roof, and even the artificial turf field was drenched with rain.

Global News received a tip from someone working on the project that the new roof had been closed and was leaking badly in the rain.

That with an opening weekend only four days away. On Friday night, the BC Lions will play the Edmonton Eskimos and on Sunday the Whitecaps play Portland.

“I saw the video of it opening. It looked pretty complicated, it looked like a lot could go wrong with it,” says one man.

Another woman says there are always things going wrong with big projects like that, so she is not surprised.

Pavilion Corporation representatives were too busy to talk on camera. Global was told they’ve been in non-stop meetings making plans for this upcoming weekend. But the PR firm working on their behalf says the roof is not leaking. It is still under construction and there is nothing to worry about.

They say they have plenty of time to finish the roof by Friday, and everyone who is planning to go to the Lions game is hoping they’re right.

Right now the forecast is calling for 60 percent chance of showers.