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Official Review by Josh Eastern, Stadium Journey Regional Correspondent
Rogers Arena (formerly GM Place) is the home of the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL. The arena opened in 1995 and sits across the street from BC Place home of the BC Lions and the Vancouver Whitecaps. The arena hosts concerts, events, and is most known for hockey.
In 2010, Rogers Arena was home to the hockey at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. It was renamed Canada Hockey Place and was good luck for both the men's and women's hockey teams who both won the gold medal in this arena in the 2010 Winter Games.
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Rogers Arena has a lot of good food options. Aside from the basic hot dog and pretzel at concession stands you see at any stadium or arena, they offer some unique dining options. At various different locations they offer something along the lines of a pulled pork sandwich, hand-carved sandwich, Pizza Hut, burritos, and Chinese food. This may sound good to your stomach, but it may not to your wallet. The food isn't very cheap, but it is fairly good for an arena so there is that pay off.
In the drink department, the arena offers Pepsi products and they even have concession stands dedicated to either just beer or even a full wine counter with various different bottles of wine. None of the lines are that long as there are lots of different options to choose from when you are looking for something to eat.
There are also a few restaurants and bars in the stadium that are great pregame spots to get you ready for some Canucks hockey. The dining options are good but it is just very expensive.
The atmosphere at Rogers Arena is one that is good for everyone. It is a great place to watch hockey and the arena makes it a better atmosphere. I sat three rows from the top and it wasn't really too high up because it is only a two level stadium with some luxury boxes around the top.
The first thing I noticed when I arrived at my seats was how small they are. The upper deck is very steep so you aren't really too far away from the ice. Also upstairs, there are railings that separate the rows that can obstruct your view of the ice at certain areas if you are leaning back in your seat. In addition to that, there aren't any cup holders at least in the upper bowl. Not too big of a concern, but definitely something to keep in mind.
Walking around the stadium isn't really that much of an issue. The concourses are plenty big and having concession stands on both sides of the concourse doesn't cause a problem at all.
What is great about this stadium is that there really isn't a bad seat. It isn't too big of an arena, which makes it a comfortable place to watch a game.
Rogers Arena is located on the east part of town right next door to BC Place. The area around the stadium isn't the best. It is kind of away from the main part of downtown, but there are some restaurants that have been put in to increase the appeal of the area. After the game, I ate at a restaurant called Boston's, which is about two blocks from the stadium on Robson Street and right in front of the main entrance to BC Place. Walking to the stadium shouldn't be too big of an issue if you are close. I walked and had no issues getting there and back to my hotel. The area around Rogers Arena could be a bit better and I'm surprised there aren't more bars and restaurants around both of the stadiums.
The fans at the game I attended were very into the game and supported their team even when it wasn't going so well. The Canucks were playing the Sabres and Buffalo came in as the worst team in the league. This didn't deter the fans from being into the game. They struggled in the first period and even conceded the first goal but then took over from there and the fans were relieved that the Canucks wouldn't end the Sabres long losing streak.
The fans in Vancouver are rabid about their Canucks. They are really the only show in town in the winter and the city rallies around this team and supports them really well. Along with being passionate fans, they are smart too. It is Canada and it is hockey, so this marriage goes very well together in Vancouver.
Getting to the stadium can be gone about in a few different ways. You can obviously park in the garages around the area, but that won't be too cheap. Also, traffic in Vancouver is very tricky and can take a while, which is a downside to driving. Going by SkyTrain is also one way of getting to Rogers Arena. If you take SkyTrain, there is a stop right outside the stadium that is just a short walk inside. Lastly, you can walk if you are staying close to the stadium, which is what I did. I was staying at the Rosedale on Robson, which is a short and easy 10-minute walk to and from the stadium.
All in all, I did have a good experience at Rogers Arena. It was a fun atmosphere and a great place to take in an NHL hockey game. I paid $76 dollars for my ticket, which was in the upper deck. Looking back on it, I don't think it was worth that much. Even though there isn't a bad seat, I do think I overpaid for this seat. If you look on certain websites, you can find seats ranging from $50-$255 so there is a wide range of seats to choose from. The food was also a bit pricier than I may have wanted it to be as well. But, in the end it was a fun experience and I do recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun night of hockey.
There are a lot of extra things that Rogers Arena has to offer. In the concourse of the upper deck there are some mini "exhibits" that show the history of the Canucks different jerseys over the years and another one showing how Team Canada beat Team USA for the gold medal in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. In addition, there are retired numbers and banners of championships and accomplishments in the history of the Vancouver Canucks franchise.
If you are looking to buy a souvenir or some Canucks merchandise, there are little pop up stores all over the arena, but you can also head to the team shop on the lower concourse for the big store. When kids come to the game, there are some activities for them. For example, I walked by a slap shot speed game to try to score a goal. It is just a little something fun for the younger ones.
One negative about the arena is the non-existent WiFi. There is WiFi across the street at BC Place, but not yet at Rogers Arena which was unfortunate because I was unable to access the internet being on an American carrier.
Rogers Arena is a fun place for all different types of fans to take in a Canucks game. The Canucks have had some good teams in past years and this is a great place to watch a game of hockey. If you are willing to open up your wallet a bit, you will get a great game to go along with a fun atmosphere. The food is good, but it doesn't come cheap.
Rogers Arena is an indoor sports arena located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. The state-of-the-art arena is home to the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League. It was also the home of the NBA's Vancouver Grizzlies and the NLL's Vancouver Ravens; both franchises folded after only a few seasons in their respective leagues.
As corporate sponsors are unable to brand sporting venues during the Olympics, the arena (then General Motors Place) was temporarily renamed Canada Hockey Place for the 2010 Winter Olympics while it hosted the ice hockey events in February 2010. It was renamed Rogers Arena in July 2010 when the naming rights were purchased by Rogers Communications. The arena also hosts some of the world's biggest musical performers when they come to town. The arena seats 18,810 for ice hockey and 19,700 for basketball. It has 88 luxury suites, 12 hospitality suites, and 2,195 club seats.
Member Review by KatieLawrence
Rogers Arena, formerly GM Place, is home to many events and concerts in the Vancouver area, as well as being the home rink for the NHL's Vancouver Canucks. It was opened in September of 1995. It sits in the heart of downtown, next to BC Place and False Creek, with easy access to restaurants and clubs, as well as transit. To date, it has had over 17 million people ushered through its doors.
In 2010, Rogers Arena was nicknamed Canada Hockey Place for the Vancouver Olympics and played host to the men's and women's ice hockey portions of the Games. It saw both the Canadian men's and women's teams win gold against the United States in both final games.
Member Review by rondoudou on Dec 13, 2014
Rogers Arena, formerly GM Place (and Canada Hockey Place) is the main arena for events in Vancouver and does it deliever! Not only are Linden's new updates to the menu a great idea but even though its only been around for 19 years it already has a rich history of events and as well modern facilities
Member Review by Fan4life on Jun 11, 2015
I am a Season Ticket Holder in Vancouver and I love to cheer. Needless to say either I get glared at or told not to cheer. It is sad and so pathetic that I feel for the Players. Cheering helps them play better. Everyone tells me the building is dead and I say well you are part and parcel of the stillness because you don't cheer either. I love to cheer on our team and I love to see them do well but really we desperately need fans that aren't given tickets but fans that love hockey! The food has really improved and in fact I who have so many allergies can even eat there. As a Season Ticket Holder we do get lots of extras. We just need more fans like me and if you don't believe me ask Alex Burrows what he thinks because he thinks that I am the greatest fan there is. AND I AM . . . .
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