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Langley Events Centre

Langley, BC

Home of the Vancouver Stealth

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Langley Events Centre (map it)
7888 200 St
Langley, BC V2Y 3J4
Canada


Vancouver Stealth website

Langley Events Centre website

Year Opened: 2009

Capacity: 5,276

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The Stealth Move North of the Border

The Langley Events Centre, located in the Township of Langley – a suburb of Vancouver, is home to the National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Stealth. The stadium was completed in 2009 and is part of a multipurpose complex that includes a large gym with a huge spectator area, a fitness center, and outdoor turf fields.

The stadium itself is a single bowl layout with a seating capacity of 5,276. There is a good-sized concourse at the top of the seating area and 24 suites above the concourse. First impression of the building when you walk in is very good. It is clean, well organized, and still has that new building smell.

The Stealth NLL team recently relocated from Everett, Washington, bringing the NLL back to the Vancouver area after a 10 year absence. The Stealth franchise has been quite successful, making it to the NLL finals three times in the last four years, and winning the NLL Champion’s Cup in 2010.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

There are two concession stands located on the concourse offering the typical burgers, hot dogs, nachos, etc. Prices are very reasonable, ranging from $3 for a slice of pizza up to $8 for chicken tenders and fries. There is also a Beer Garden kiosk, which allows people to avoid waiting in the food lineups if they just want a beverage. The major beverages available are Coke for soft drinks, and Molson Canadian for beer. The stadium earns bonus points for having a couple family friendly specialty food kiosks, including a Lemonade Stand and a Mini Donut Shop. Service is good - reasonable lineups even at half time and the staff is friendly.

Atmosphere    4

The concourse is very active - there are a lot of fans walking around and socializing over an hour prior to game time. In addition to the food kiosks, there are a number of other interesting features including a few Stealth merchandise stands, a few windows overlooking the adjacent court facility (I watched a women's volleyball game through the window for a couple of minutes), and a recruiting booth that had information about various indoor and outdoor lacrosse leagues in the Vancouver area.

The seats are comfortable and access to them via the aisles and rows is good. There are also well-marked areas on the concourse for spectators with disabilities. Sight lines from anywhere in the bowl are excellent. I sat in various locations, and there are literally no bad seats in the building. You can even enjoy the game action from the concourse if you prefer standing with a group of people.

The center scoreboard is excellent with live action and replays displayed in high definition. There are also four secondary scoreboards showing the score and penalty information.

Fans can access the turf level seating areas to watch the pre game warmups, and there are lots of people cheering on the home team before the game starts. The pre game activities are interesting with a "fan funnel" whereby a local little league lacrosse team lines up on either side of the home team's entryway and high fives players as they are introduced by the PA system.

Speaking of the PA system, it is pretty poor. Stadium personnel conduct interviews with players during breaks and at half time, and it is difficult to hear anything they are saying. There was an excessive amount of echo and distortion that I observed both in the seating area as well as the concourse.

This was likely due to the acoustics of the stadium, as there is an abundance of hard reflective surfaces especially the ceiling of the facility. The ceiling of the building is quite beautiful with cedar support beams, but I really think they should look at investing in some acoustic panels to tame the reverberations in the building.

The Stealth team has their own 14 member cheerleading squad called "The Bombshells." They did several choreographed dances on the field between plays, and were actively cheering on the team from the stands during play. In addition, "Bomber the Fox" is also very active leading cheers throughout the stadium.

Neighborhood    3

The stadium is located on 200th Street in Langley, which is a major corridor running from the Fraser river down to the US border. Unfortunately, the stadium is in an undeveloped section of 200th Street, and aside from a plant nursery, it has virtually no commercial activity anywhere near it. Luckily, there is a very robust commercial center a few miles north of the stadium that features a very well known sports bar, the Shark Club, and several other chain restaurants.

Fans    5

The fans in the building were very lively despite the fact the home team was trailing for most of the game. Many fans bring cowbells and other noisemakers which contribute to the rowdy atmosphere in the bowl. Fans are also knowledgeable about the NLL rules, with many of them calling for penalties at the same time as the referees. This was the first lacrosse game I have ever attended and two fans next to me answered several (dumb) questions I had about the rules. The fans range from young children to senior citizens, and everyone is into the game. This is impressive, especially since the team has only played a handful of games since relocating from Washington in 2013.

Access    4

The stadium is located in an underdeveloped area of Langley. It is a 45 minute drive from the Vancouver International Airport, and just under an hour drive from downtown Vancouver. There are two options to access the stadium and both are mostly on highways. However, those familiar with Vancouver know that highways are often clogged with traffic, so take these driving estimates as a best case scenario.

There are four parking lots surrounding the event center, and parking is free!

Public transportation access is available via bus. The closest stop is at 200th Street and 80th Avenue, and it is a five minute walk to the stadium. Cost for public transit ranges from $2.75 to $5.50 depending on distance and the time of day.

Return on Investment    4

Seats range from $27 for corners to $44 for sides. This is very comparable to seating prices for the local MLS team, the Vancouver Whitecaps, and MUCH cheaper than the local NHL team, the Vancouver Canucks. Taking into account food prices and free parking, I think that attending a Stealth game is a very good value.

Extras    4

Hard tickets are good quality heavy stock paper with lots of color.

Team merchandise is readily available and there is a good selection of clothing and gear.

Since the Stealth is a very new team, there is not much team paraphernalia such as a hall of fame, retired numbers, etc. but this will come with time. In my opinion, the Stealth game in the Langley Events Centre offers fans of all ages a big league game in a mid sized venue.

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