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Tips On Getting into BC Place for Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Games

Tara Ciecko
Feb 11th, 2010

Bute at Cordova

I was fortunate enough yesterday to attend the dress rehearsal of the Opening Ceremonies and thought that I would pass on a few tips on entering BC Place for those who are planning to attend either the Opening or Closing Ceremonies and/or any of the ten Victory Ceremonies.

BC Place will open 4 hours prior to the opening ceremonies and 2 hours prior to the Victory Ceremonies.  In my opinion, 60 to 90 minutes before the start of the Opening Ceremonies and 60 minutes or less before the Victory Ceremonies is plenty of time to arrive, get through security, get something to eat or drink and get to your seat.  We arrived on Wednesday at 3:30 for a 5:00 start and got through the security screening in 5 minutes.  Approximately 50,000 people were in attendance so the lines for food were long.

Join the Party – Visit one of the many National ‘Houses’ and Cultural events coming soon.

Tara Ciecko
Feb 4th, 2010

Richmond - The city of Richmond is converting a huge area stretching from City Hall to Minorou Park into a giant outdoor mall called the O Zone.  The area is only a few blocks from the new Canada Line Brighouse Station and will feature the ‘Ice Gate’ art installation, an outdoor ice rink with disco-style light displays and a main stage hosting both multicultural and Canadian acts.

Streetcar Back in Business; Cultural Olympiad officially opens

Tara Ciecko
Jan 21st, 2010

copyright VANOC/COVAN - Duet

Streetcar back in Business - Today (January 21st) marks the official first day of operations for Vancouver’s 2010 Streetcar.  Called the Olympic Line, the service will be free transit system and will run between Granville Island and the corner of 2nd Avenue and Cambie Street from January 21st to March 21st.  The Olympic Line is a state-of-the-art, accessible and sustainable transportation project.  Two modern and fully accessible streetcars have been borrowed from Brussels.  All trips on the Olympic Line will be free and the line will operate 18 hours a day for the 60 days from 6:30am to 12:30am daily with service every 6 to 10 minutes. 

It's Going to Get Noisy, There Will be Much to See and Do

Tara Ciecko
Jan 14th, 2010

Noise Hours Extended – The City has temporarily extended its daytime noise hours to be 7am to midnight on weekdays and 8am to midnight on weekends.  This change is in effect from January 1st to March 31st and includes garbage delivery and regular maintenance and repairs.  In addition, from February 1st to February 28th downtown delivery will be allowed 24 hours a day and from February 12th to 28th downtown garbage pick up will begin at 5am on weekdays and 8am on weekends and go until midnight everyday.

Cultural Olympiad Art – January 19th marks the start of ‘High Performance: Evolution and Innovation in Canadian Design’ at Emily Carr University on Granville Island which will run until March 7th. From January 23rd to March 21st the Robson Street Façade of the Vancouver art Gallery will be lit up by innovative and compelling videos presented on a large LED screen.  A massive hand-painted mural by Michael Lin will cover the VAG’s Georgia street façade. 

Do We Really Need to Practice for Road Closures?

Tara Ciecko
Jan 7th, 2010

Do we really need the Practice? - To prepare for the travel restrictions from February 12 to March 1, drivers who frequently travel in downtown Vancouver are encouraged to start ‘practicing’ their Games-time travel plans now and to be a part of the weekly TravelSmart 2010 Challenge.  The challenge, which will promote incremental reductions in vehicle traffic as phased-in road closures go into place, starts this Friday, January 8th and will run every Friday for the next five weeks in the city leading up to the Opening Ceremony on February 12th

  • This week’s road closures: Abbott between Pacific and Expo (January 4 to March 1)
  • This week’s vehicle traffic reduction goal: five per cent
  • Overall vehicle traffic reduction goal: At least a 30 per cent reduction by February 12 and throughout the Games


Fan to Fan ticket sales produce no deals; new parking rates effective January 1st

Tara Ciecko
Dec 29th, 2009

Olympic Ticket Buy, Sell and Auction – The Fan-to-Fan Marketplace is now live on and enables ticket holders to sign into their existing Vancouver 2010 ticketing account and click the “sell my tickets” option for the seats they want to sell.  Ticket holders can set their selling price and buyers can browse for available tickets.  Both buyer and seller are charged a 10% fee which VANOC states is to cover the costs of setting up and maintaining this service.  Not only does this system help ensure there will be full venues at Games times, it also guarantees all tickets sold through this official channel are valid.  The marketplace also includes high demand tickets that are up for auction as well as the opportunity to donate tickets to community groups in Metro Vancouver and the Sea to Sky region through the Celebrate 2010 program.  There is no fee for the donation service or tax receipts issued.

Announced this week

Tara Ciecko
Dec 19th, 2009

On December 11th John Furlong announced the creation of a new award, The Vancouver 2010 Terry Fox Award, at an event on Ottawa with the Fox family.  “This award will be presented to an athlete who embodies the same values that Terry Fox did,” Furlong continued.

Experience the 2010 Winter Games and Train Like the Athletes

Press Release
Dec 11th, 2009

Starting this Friday, December 11 at 10:00 AM (Pacific Time), there will be two new ways to experience the 2010 Winter Games:

1) Figure Skating Training Sessions
Watch the world's best figure skating athletes practice at the Pacific Coliseum before they go head-to-head in competition. Tickets are only $30*, while supplies last.



Training Session

Feb 13



Feb 15



Feb 18


Men/Ice Dance

Feb 20


Ladies/Ice Dance

Feb 21

Since You Will Not Be Able to Drive Your Car, Take the Opportunity To Ride a Rickshaw Instead

Tara Ciecko
Dec 9th, 2009

Street Closures Announced – Security based road closures will begin as early as January 15th to protect the safety of athletes, officials and the public.  Those who live and work on these streets will continue to have access.  In addition to the full closures other streets will have single lanes closed for Olympic traffic.  For more information visit

Olympic Bits and Bites

Tara Ciecko
Dec 2nd, 2009

Sea to Sky Travel permits will be required February 11 - 28, 2010.  Copyright VANOC.

With so much information to get across this week’s post is a collection of news, spectator information and interesting facts about the 2010 Olympic Games period…

1.  If you are attending an Olympics athletic event, your event ticket gives you unlimited access to all of TransLink’s transit services for the day of that event, right through to the end of service the following morning. Otherwise, TransLink’s regular transit fares apply.

2.  One of the downtown core’s greatest Christmas light displays, at St Paul’s Hospital, will stay plugged in until March 27th this year thanks to the Olympics.

3.  Coca-Cola will be unveiling a new soft drink and a new bottle during the 2010 Olympics that will be referred to as the PlantBottle.  The bottle is made up of 30% plant based waste material and is 100% recyclable.  Richmond will house one of the two Canadian sites for bottling of the new product.

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