Vancouver FC has revealed the first rendering of its ‘flat pack’ stadium ahead of its inaugural Canadian Premier League season.
The stadium, located at Langley Events Centre, will initially have a capacity of 6,560, but is being designed so that it can be expanded to grow with the club, which will become the league’s ninth team during the 2023 season. Vancouver is scheduled to host its inaugural home match at its new home on Sunday, May 7 against Cavalry FC.
The rendering has been unveiled in the same week that the first shipping containers housing the club’s unique flat pack stadium arrived at the Port of Vancouver. Work on the region’s first soccer-specific stadium is already underway, with concrete foundations laid and site services installed to support the prefabricated modular structure.
“We are delighted to share our vision for our future home with our fans, who can expect a stadium to rise before their eyes in the coming months as we look ahead to hosting our first match in club history later this year,” said Rob Friend, president of Vancouver FC. “We are excited to provide a proper football experience for every fan that walks through our doors, and to see this stadium come to life in the near future.”
In unveiling the rendering, Vancouver FC gave more detail about the stadium, including that its south end will be home to supporters’ groups. The east grandstand will be home to a Cabana Club, while VIP dining and Tunnel Club-style experiences will be offered below the west grandstand.
Vancouver’s youngest fans will be entertained in the Family Zone, located at the north end of the stadium. There will be several entertainment plazas located throughout the stadium, including an area designated to house a mini food truck festival on each match day.
“The modular stadium system dramatically reduces onsite construction time and allows municipalities to create professional and intimate soccer-specific venues for a fraction of the budget typically spent on arenas and concrete stadiums,” said Dean Shillington, managing partner of SixFive Sports & Entertainment, parent company of SixFive Stadium Experience and Vancouver FC.
“We hope to create a true, authentic soccer destination for all. This stadium will become the heartbeat of the community for years to come and is a very flexible amenity that can expand as the sport of soccer continues to grow in Canada.”