On This Day: BC Place Stadium opened 32 years ago

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On June 19, 1983, after two solid years of construction, BC Place Stadium had its grand opening.

The structure was built as part of the preparations for Expo ’86 and was the world’s largest air-supported domed stadium until they finally deflated it in 2010 to begin construction on the new retractable roof.

The first event ever held there was a Whitecaps game on June 20, 1983. They took on the Seattle Sounders in front of a packed audience of over 60,000 people.

The opening and closing ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympics were also held there in 2010. It was the first time those ceremonies had taken place within an air supported structure.

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