Illuminating BC Place
BC Place has quickly become a unique icon, the new recognized landmark of Vancouver’s skyline, and a place of pride for all British Columbians. Adding to the excitement is a new lighting effects system which not only adds to the stadium architecturally, but also allows BC Place to “come alive” both inside and outside, enhancing the overall guest experience.
This new and sophisticated integrated lighting system utilizes energy-efficient LED lights to display an infinite array of static colour or moving colour designs atop, and on the sides of, the new BC Place. More than nine acres of roof, the clear façade panels on the side of the building, and the roof’s support masts all provide an incredible canvas for lighting the stadium at night.
Lighting Schedule and Policy
BC Place is illuminated from 6.00am to sunrise in the morning, and from sunset to 11pm most nights. On event nights, the roof and Northern Lights Display will be lit until the conclusion of the event.
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BC Place is honoured to be able to help bring awareness to events, charities and causes that are important to all communities in British Columbia.
Special lighting requests for dedicated charitable events and recognized causes may be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send your request at least 30 days before the lighting date(s) requested. Applicants will receive a written response stating whether the request has been approved or not within one week of application receipt.
Special lighting requests are approved at the sole discretion of BC Place Management. All requests will receive due consideration, however due to demand, some lighting requests may not be fulfilled.
The “Northern Lights Display”
The BC Place roof covers an area of approximately 38,000 square metres – about 10 acres.
The stadium roof façade (or clerestory) – known as the Northern Lights Display - utilizes 1700 ‘ETFE’ panels, stacked four rows high, and 6,800 linear feet of energy-efficient LED lights to create customizable lighting displays.
ETFE is a semi-transparent material that allows sunlight into the stadium during the day, and is also embedded with thousands of tiny metal dots called “frits” that reflect the light from the LED displays, allowing BC Place to become a glowing landmark that can be seen far and wide after dark.
Together, the BC Place roof and the Northern Lights Display enable a wide range of both static and dynamic programming, with more than 26,000 individual programmable lighting elements.