Rogers Arena Details
Home of the NHL's Canucks, Rogers Arena has served Vancouver as a sports and events venue since 1995. It was previously known as General Motors Place but was renamed in 2010 when a new naming agreement was made with Rogers Communications. In addition to being home ice for the Canucks, the arena hosted ice hockey events and a few others during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
During this time, it was known briefly as "Canada Hockey Place" and saw both the men's and women's Canadian hockey teams win gold. In addition to Olympic games, the arena also hosted the NHL Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, the NHL draft in 2006, and the 1998 NHL All-Star Game.
Built to replace the aging Pacific Coliseum, the arena previously housed the NBA's Grizzlies in addition to the Canucks. In 2001, however, the Grizzlies relocated to Memphis, TN. You can also find mixed martial arts and professional wrestling at Rogers Arena, as well as preseason basketball games.
Over the years, many improvements have been made to the entertainment system at Rogers Arena. Both a new LED ribbon-board and a Daktronics LED scoreboard were added in 2006. The widescreen video displays on this scoreboard are some of the largest in the NHL, surpassed only by the Bell Centre's in Montreal. Shortly after that, the sound system got an update as well. A new L-Acoustics system was installed in 2008 and is still the largest such installation in North America.
Along with sports, Rogers Arena hosts concerts, conferences, family shows, and other events. One of the more unique recurring events to come to Rogers Arena is the annual Juno Awards ceremony. Some of the performers who have visited Rogers Arena include the Spice Girls on their 2007 Return of the Spice Girls Tour, Lady Gaga, and Bryan Adams.
What are the best places to sit at Rogers Arena?
Rogers Arena has two main levels, numbered in the 100s and then the 300s, separated by a level of suites. Above these levels, you'll find the Penthouse Suites and a few other premium seating sections on the "400 level." For hockey games, seats in sections 116, 117 and 118 offer a splendid view overlooking center ice with the right level of elevation and quick access to the concourse for snacks and drinks.
Rogers Arena Tips and Tricks
Security measures have recently been increased at the arena, and you'll want to know what to expect before you go. In particular, bags larger than 14" x 14" x 6" are no longer allowed and they now use metal detectors at all events. Plan to get there a little early to navigate the new security procedures before your event is ready to start.
Rogers Arena Club Areas
There are four main premium club areas at Rogers Arena. Club 500 on the upper level of the arena, is a VIP area with lots of amenities and a contemporary feel. The Loge Club -- on the Scotiabank Executive Suite Level (200s) -- is well equipped for corporate entertaining and provides premium food service, a private entrance, and networking opportunities with other Loge guests. For NHL action alone, try the Konica Minolta Champions Club, situated with a beautiful view of the Canucks defensive end for the 1st and 3rd periods.